On July 1st the Oh-Penn Manufacturing Collaborative, in partnership with the Mercer County Career Center, sponsored a day-long “boot camp” for Mercer County principals. The schedule consisted of tours at local employers where company representatives shared what they do, the occupations they employ including the education and skills needed, average wages, career paths, and hiring requirements.
G.W Becker, Miller Industries, and Joy Cone all participated, each emphasizing the need for technology and problem solving skills. “Manufacturing supports a wide variety of occupations, from Production to Engineering and they require a range of education and experience, from short-term technical training to advanced post-secondary degrees,” said Rebecca Moder, PA Career Pathways Coordinator. The experience also served as an eye-opener showing how local manufacturing jobs have advanced over the years and now offer a more attractive and safe work environment. Commodore Perry, Greenville, Jamestown, Mercer, Sharon, and West Middlesex High Schools as well as the Mercer County Career Center were all represented. Read more here.
The participants all received a folder with Industry Needs You materials including the Educator, Student, and Parent brochures, a flash drive with the new promotional videos, and information about the annual Mercer County Business & Industry Career Fair and Educator in the Manufacturing Workplace program. Materials were also mailed to those who were unable to attend.
Thank you to all the companies and principals who made the event a success!