ROCKFORD (WREX) – Local high school students got to step out of the classroom on Thursday to learn about manufacturing in the Rockford area.
Regional manufacturers hosted high schools from the area for Rockford Regional Manufacturing Day. Roughly 17 companies welcomed students and gave them a tour of their facilities.
“The hope is to make some connections not only for our students, but for our business partners as well because manufacturing in Rockford is a huge industry and we need to help get some jobs filled,” said Beth Mead, who is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Career Education Associates of North Central Illinois (CEANCI).
Students got to talk with employees and learn about careers in manufacturing. Afterwards, the students gathered at Radisson Hotel & Conference Center for a manufacturing expo and roundtable discussions with representatives of local manufacturers.
“A lot of our kids, our families don’t know what companies in town are willing to work with those kids and hire them and having our students here to be able to see the interface with these companies, to know what opportunities are available for them is huge for the community and for our students in general,” said Jason Andrews, who is a teacher at Auburn High School.
According to officials, more than 400 students took part in manufacturing day.