200 Eighth Graders Experience Advanced Manufacturing Day 2015

Do you know how pizza arrives at your house and is still warm? Or how the plastic case for your highlighter matches the ink color? How about where the plastic drink cups used by Disney World and Disneyland are made? The answers to all the questions connect to Randolph County and manufacturing.

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Today is National Manufacturing Day across the US and 200 8th graders from the Randolph County School System and Asheboro City Schools experienced advanced manufacturing first-hand as they toured area industries, heard a panel discussion and toured several related program areas at Randolph Community College.

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A full house at the R. Alton Cox Learning Resources Center Auditorium for the Manufacturing Day Panel Discussion.

Hosting student tours to start the day off were Sapona Plastics, LLC, The Timken Company, Klaussner Furniture Industries, Energizer, PEMMCO, and Acme-McCrary Corporation. Students then traveled to RCC’s Asheboro campus for an expo highlighting CTE programs in the county, RCC’s industrial automation mobile classroom, and some awesome robotics simulators. A five-member panel spent time sharing their experiences in advanced manufacturing careers and exposing students to the exciting world of manufacturing before they enjoyed a lunch funded by a HAAS Industries’ grant.

RCC's Mobile Classroom ~ Instructor Tom Jones
RCC’s Mobile Classroom ~ Instructor Tom Jones

Tours of RCC’s computer integrated machining, welding, electrical systems technology and mechatronics areas wrapped up the exciting day that exposed students to a vast amount of knowledge about manufacturing, career opportunities, and educational paths available to them right here in Randolph County.

Panelists T. Franklin, M. Totten, S. Judd, D. Portillo, and J. Trogdon share their experiences in advanced manufacturing
Panelists T. Franklin, M. Totten, S. Judd, D. Portillo, and J. Trogdon share their experiences in advanced manufacturing.

This event was hosted jointly by Randolph County School System, Asheboro City Schools, and Randolph Community College in keeping with our Pathways to Prosperity plan for ensuring a pipeline of workers needed as the advanced manufacturing industry continues to grow in North Carolina.

Click here to review the Central NC Pathways to Prosperity Final Report.

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