Mfg Day 2015: Tech trailer gives students unique look at potential careers in manufacturing

By Malinda Rust, for the Lawton Constitution

Oct 01, 2015

The mass production of goods has been part of the American lifestyle for over a hundred years, but a host of partners are gathering at Great Plains Technology Center to show youngsters that today's industry, as GPTC Business and Industry Services Coordinator Kevin Henson says, "isn't their father's factory."

Friday is National Manufacturing Day, and to celebrate Great Plains is hosting a visit from the Pioneer Technology Center Manufacturing Education Training System (METS) trailer. Groups of elementary, middle school, SCORE and CareerTech students will be touring the mobile training trailer and talking about manufacturing career opportunities with staff Wednesday through Friday.

By celebrating World Manufacturing Day, students can see applications of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies and how computer technology is infused in all levels of production, Oklahoma Manufacturers Alliance Extension Agent Bill Cunningham said.

Read more about how the tech trailer is helping overturn misconceptions about the manufacturing industry.

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