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Gateway Advanced Manufacturing Expo April 17 Highlights Pathways to Well-Paid Careers
Is a college education worth it? That question plagues high school graduates and their parents as the students start to chart their futures.
If the student chooses a career in advanced manufacturing, the answer could very well be a resounding, “Yes!” The Northern Kentucky Industrial Park Industry Partnership estimates there are 680 unfilled local manufacturing jobs. The vacancies could reach 2,500 in three years and 6,250 in 10 years.
“Manufacturers are hungry for skilled workers, and the jobs pay well, offer benefits and a stable career path that can lead to positions paying six figures,” says Carissa Schutzman, dean of Workforce Solutions for Gateway Community and Technical College. “The key is to have the skills to get the jobs.”
Gateway teaches those skills in programs that offer credentials and certification in electrical technology, machining, mechatronics, welding, drafting, industrial technology and related areas. The training prepares students for immediate entry into the job market or to pursue more education, including four-year engineering degrees.
Students and parents can explore the many career options at Gateway’s annual Advanced Manufacturing Expo April 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the college’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence.
“Students and parents will have opportunities to meet local manufacturers, tour our high-tech campus, and discover how students can attend Gateway at a reduced rate or at no cost,” Schutzman said.
Breakout sessions will address dual credit programs that allow students to earn college credits while still in high school, apprenticeship programs in which students may work full-time and attend classes part-time, as well as the admissions process and financial aid.
Classroom tours begin at 6:20 p.m. and run every 20 minutes. The tours highlight training facilities in computer-aided drafting, industrial maintenance, computerized manufacturing and machining, mechatronics, robotics and welding.
“This is a great opportunity for both students and parents to see that today’s manufacturing world is clean, high-tech and mentally rewarding,” Schutzman said. “Today’s advanced manufacturing jobs require highly specialized skills that involve brain power, not brawn. Gateway’s role is to prepare workers to take those jobs. People may be surprised by what they see and learn at the expo. Anyone interested in a challenging career should attend.”
The expo is free and open to the public.
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