About two-dozen Delavan-Darien High School students will have a great opportunity Tuesday to learn more about the world of manufacturing.
A coach bus provided by Precision Plus, Inc., in Elkhorn will take DDHS students and chaperones to the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.
“Our partnership with Precision Plus has helped support our students to be able to attend this world-class trade show in Chicago,” said Cindy Yager, DDHS director of careers and occupations. “This is a great opportunity for the students to see state-of-the-art technology in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) career areas.”
Joining them Tuesday will be students from Union Grove High School. On Monday and Wednesday, students from Badger, Big Foot, Elkhorn and East Troy high schools will also attend the show, courtesy of Precision Plus.
“Students will see the latest and greatest in the world of manufacturing robots, CNC machines, vertical and horizontal mills, technology for the new 3-D printing industry, and just a ton of other devices used in manufacturing,” said Barry Butters, Director of Eduction and Training for Precision Plus.
The biennial show is slated to attract some 1,900 exhibiting companies and more than 100,000 buyers and sellers from over 112 countries, according to the show’s website.
Upon arrival, students will first visit the show’s Student Summit, which will introduce them to exciting new innovations in manufacturing technology. The Summit is designed to allow young people to interact with today’s manufacturing industry so they can translate their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education into real-world results within high-tech and high-value careers.
Butters said he and Precision Plus President Mike Reader (both are DDHS graduates) hope students will go to the show and get more interested in some of the many career pathways manufacturing offers.
“We want this to stimulate interest in young people and get them to know that manufacturing is not dirty, dark, dangerous and boring,” Butters said. “It’s a very vibrant field to work in. Depending on where you work, you can find conditions that have almost surgical-like clean floors and areas.”
Butters said it is events like this and upcoming manufacturing “open houses” for students that are bringing more potential employees to the workforce. Graduates need to know that viable careers offering livable wages and benefits are available after high school that don’t necessarily require a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Precision Plus has within the last few years developed a robust internship and apprenticeship program. Several high school students who have gone through it have graduated and are already working there while attending technical college.
Other companies in the area are looking to do the same as the initial contact with high school students can lead to better employee recruitment and retention, Butters said.
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