Since the students were broken up into groups, not all visiting the same location, the idea was for conversations to continue amongst students and teachers once returning to the schools about what they had learned that day by touring these facilities. Hopefully their conversations will help spark an interest in a specific career pathway. “The Orange County Manufacturing Day event was a success in many ways. Students were able to see many aspects of a real Manufacturing Company such as what it looks like, how they operate, the products they produce, as well as the many careers held within the walls of a Manufacturing company. Many of Lost River Career Cooperative’s career pathways were highlighted on the tours providing students with the guidance they need to choose a career pathway that is best suited for their future career”, said Jason Goodman, Assistant Director at Lost River Career Cooperative.
Pam Metz, President of Boston International shared “BI was thrilled to participate in our first Orange County Manufacturing Day! It was great to see these young people’s excitement while being exposed to the many opportunities they have right here at home. Keeping young talent in Orange County is so important to our future workforce. I only hope we see more programs like this in the coming months and years!”
Students from each school completed surveys talking about their experiences, what they enjoyed about the tours, and how we can improve future events. Leaders from the participating businesses, school administrators, and Orange County Economic Development will be meeting to discuss survey results as well as make plans for future events to expose students to all the opportunities that exist in our community.