Northark to host Manufacturing Days

Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 09:52 AM

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2017, North Arkansas College will open its doors on October 6-13 to more than 800 students from area high schools and the public as part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.

Planned activities include: Local industry tours scheduled on October 6 & 13 of PACE Industries, Wabash Wood Products and Flexsteel. Students will be treated to lunch and can tour the Northark Technical Center and North Campus technical programs. These programs have recently received new robots that are housed in a robotic cell designed to replicate the industrial environment down to the last detail. On October 10 from 5 -6:30 PM the College would like to invite everyone to the North Campus to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Twin Lakes Vocational-Technical School. There will be a short program, food, cake and campus tours. The Be Pro Be Proud mobile trailer will be on the North Campus October 6, 9, 10 & 11. This mobile unit is a customized, interactive trailer that provides hands-on experience with skilled professions while showing the jobs in depth to a live audience.

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

“There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Northark President, Dr. Randy Esters. “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”

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