Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council proudly announces two record-braking events this past autumn to further strengthen the talent base in Northern Michigan: student participation in National Manufacturing Day, and fundraising for the Manufacturing Technology Academy, a project of the TBAISD’s Career Tech Center.
Thirty-six (36) manufacturers opened their doors October 4 to over 1,200 students who wanted to learn more about today’s manufacturing industry and career options. Students boarded buses and visited 2-3 sites accompanied by an industry champion, teachers and parent volunteers. “The entire community should be proud of the growth of this event, from 400 students in 2017 to 1,200 in 2019. Clearly students and parents are hungry for more information on how to build rewarding careers, and manufacturers offer many pathways for success, including digital technology”, stated Lisa Baker- Lorincz of Access Point GTAMC Board Member and leader of the Manufacturing Day effort. “The Traverse Region participation in Manufacturing Day was the second largest in Michigan, trailing only Macomb County, and far exceeding Macomb on a per capita contribution basis.
“GTAMC’s annual golf outing in September raised a record $8,000 for the MTA’s nationally recognized robotics program. A sold-out group braved the cold, the rain and the wind at Ag-A-Ming to help defray the traveling program costs of national competition. “Manufacturers understand that today’s students are tomorrow’s manufacturing leaders. The golf outing is a great mixing of fun and industry building,” commented Kevin Olds of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, (MMTC) also a GTAMC Board member and Coordinator of the golf outing.
Rob Summers, Chair of the GTAMC Board and also a member of the MMTC, commented “Manufacturing is a strong part of the Traverse region’s economy, employing 16% of GT County’s workforce – twice the national average – and offering family-building compensation and benefits. These GTAMC efforts are important so that our young people know they have world-class career options in the Traverse region.”
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