LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PARTNER to host manufacturing Day event on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 for STUDENTS
Program Designed to Expand Knowledge of Manufacturing, Improve Public
Perception of Manufacturing Career Opportunities
In celebration of Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 5, the Corning-Painted Post Area School District in conjunction with the Greater Southern Tier STEM Academy has partnered with local economic development organizations, Corning Community College and the local manufacturing community to showcase modern manufacturing to 8th grade students at the Middle School and STEM Academy’s 9th grade students. Employees from Corelle Brands, Upstate Niagara, Corning Incorporated, and Corning Community College will be exhibiting topics such as 3D printing, decoration materials, SOLIDWORKS, electrical engineering, and quality in an effort to modernize perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.
Manufacturing Day is a national event supported by the National Association of Manufacturers that is implemented at the local level by thousands of manufacturers and community leaders 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.
Michelle Caulfield, Corning-Painted Post Area School District Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, said, “We are thrilled to host the 1st Manufacturing Day at Corning-Painted Post Middle School. It is not only exciting, but also essential to opening more doors to careers available to students to strengthen our local workforce.” She added, “We are grateful for all of the community support in making this event possible.”
“The Greater Southern Tier STEM Academy is extremely excited to participate in the 1st Annual Steuben County Manufacturing Day,” says Rob Sherburne, Greater Southern Tier STEM Academy Principal. “Our students are looking forward in continuing to build our connections and relationships with local businesses and industries. This will be an exhilarating day for our students as we unite with our local community!”
According to the I-86 Innovation Corridor’s Integrated Workforce Development Strategy released earlier this year, there will be over 5,000 job openings in 11 key production and engineering occupations within the advanced manufacturing cluster by 2027. The
New York State Department of Labor reports that average annual wages for Manufacturing in 2017 exceeded over $67,000 in Steuben County.
Jeanne Eschbach, Executive Director of Workforce Education and Academic Pathways, says, “SUNY CCC looks forward to sharing its 3D printing and SOLIDWORKS technology with students to bring even more STEM education to the classrooms. Regional workforce leaders continue to stress the need for simply more employees as well as employees who have the skills to hit the manufacturing floor ready to use today's state-of-the-art equipment."
“As Co-Chair of the I-86 Workforce Subcommittee, I am well-aware of the employment challenges our manufacturing community will face in the coming years,” says Steuben County IDA Executive Director Jamie Johnson. “We need to start instilling in today’s students that there are many good-paying jobs right here in Steuben County. While some require advanced training and education, there are jobs available that require basic STEM skills. This event will highlight some of the many opportunities available.”
A similar event held on the GST BOCES campus in Chemung County will highlight the manufacturing community there under a joint “Made in the Southern Tier” promotion with Steuben County.
Along with the Corning-Painted Post Area School District and the Greater Southern Tier STEM Academy, representatives from Corning Area Chamber of Commerce, Corning Community College, DXP, Steuben County IDA, and Three Rivers Development Corporation have partnered to create and sponsor the event.