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Co-Owner and CFO of Thompson Fabricating.
Emily Peffer, the Career Awareness Coordinator for the Mercer County Career Center (MCCC) reached out to NW PA Chapter members of Women in Manufacturing (WiM), Kim Lengling and Amanda Iverson to accompany her on her yearly presentations to Mercer County Area High Schools to present the benefits of pursuing a trade and/or manufacturing career.
As the co-presenter for the program, Kim Lengling shared, “I truly enjoyed being a part of bringing the manufacturing options that are available to our local students, especially with the amazing advances and new technology that is currently taking place. We certainly need skilled workers to fill many positions throughout our region and this program helped to provide basic information on what is right here in our own small slice of the world.”
Seven high schools were on the roster for visits. Farrell, Greenville, Hermitage, Reynolds, Commodore Perry, Sharon and Lakeview.
With each visit, the Mercer County Career Center presented a video of the 14 State-approved programs offering real-world, hands-on learning. A new program will be added for the 2020 school year, bringing the total of programs available to students to fifteen.
Emily Peffer shared, “Mercer County Career Center reaches out to our sending school districts to let students know about their career path options. Viable earnings are made by working in the trades and we want students to realize they have options when they think about their futures.“
Following the MCCC video, Kim Lengling provided an interactive presentation with music, props and power point presentation for the students.
The theme for the presentation was “Stepping Into Your Manufacturing Future”.
There are typically three paths that each student chooses from College, Technical School,and the Military. With each path, there are amazing opportunities to not only get into a trade or manufacturing position but to be a world changer, even if it is just the small slice of your own world. The students were encouraged to not only give their journey the best they have but to be humble and kind while traveling their career path.
“Each student has the opportunity to make the world a better place and we wanted to be a part of getting that message to the students,” said Lengling.
Amanda Iverson, Co-Owner and CFO of Thompson Fabricating shared, “I believe it is important to connect with high school students and let them know that they have options after graduation. In this part of the country, there are tons of opportunities specifically in the manufacturing sector. If we can be a part of the discussion, we can help to inspire and change their perception around manufacturing and how the industry has changed over the years.”
All in all,it was a successful October and we are all looking forward to growing this educational program in our area along with the Women In Manufacturing Chapter of NW PA!
To learn more about Coinco, Inc., please visit www.coincoinc.com
To learn more about Thompson Fabricating, please visit www.thompsonfab.com
To learn more about Mercer County Career Center, please visit www.mercerccc.org
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