Transylvania County Students Celebrate Manufacturing Day 2023

Manufacturing industries play a critical role in local economies, and the foundation of connecting future generations of Transylvania County residents with career opportunities at local manufacturers was built on Wednesday, October18th. Over 65 students from Brevard and Rosman High Schools toured four different manufacturers throughoutTransylvania County celebrating “Manufacturing Day.”

Divided into small groups, students were led on tours at Gaia Herbs, New Excelsior, Survival Innovations, andSylvanSport throughout the day. These tours showed students the many different types of careers employed within a manufacturing industry and helped students better understand the exciting environment of modern manufacturing.”Manufacturing can be human resources, it can be accounting, it can be welding, manufacturing employs a wide variety of job types that require different education and skill sets,” shared Brett Angel, Plant Manager of New Excelsior,” “andthere are many open manufacturing jobs ready to be filled today in Transylvania County.”

In addition to seeing products being made in real-time, staff from Transylvania County Public Schools and Blue Ridge Community College were able to help connect the knowledge students are learning in school to applications within the workplace. Blue Ridge Community College also provided information about training opportunities available to students before and after graduation that can advance students’ future careers.

“Our programs provide manufacturers with well-trained, well-skilled employees who can impact a company’s success

right away. Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity to introduce young people not only to career opportunities, but a variety of education and training pathways that can help them achieve their professional goals,” said Dr. Scott Queen, Vice President, Economic & Workforce Development at Blue Ridge Community College.

“Not all careers require a four-year degree, added Kerry Putnam, Director of Career & Technical Education with

Transylvania County Public Schools “this is a great opportunity for our students to learn that the barrier to entry for high- paying, high-skilled jobs isn’t as expensive and time-consuming as they thought, and that they don’t have to leave home immediately after graduation to find a great job.”

These annual tours are a part of Manufacturing Month, celebrated each October. This year’s Manufacturing Day wasa success thanks to participating manufacturers, Transylvania County Public Schools, Blue Ridge CommunityCollege, and the Transylvania Economic Alliance. “The collaboration between local employers and educationpartners is essential to developing an enduring connection with our community and building a workforce pipelinebetween young people and local careers”, said Brian Traylor, Chair of Transylvania Economic Alliance Board ofDirectors.

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