Oakland County Michigan Works! in partnership with Oakland Schools, the Oakland County Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs, Oakland Community College and local manufacturing companies, will host more than 1,000 high school students during the fifth annual Oakland County Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 4.
Event partners are seeking additional company tour hosts and sponsors to make this year’s Manufacturing Day the largest yet.
Manufacturing Day is a national event with the goal of introducing students to the wide range of careers in modern advanced manufacturing. Students from Oakland Schools’ four technical campuses and regional high schools will experience firsthand the world of manufacturing through tours of the facilities, hands-on activities and interaction with employees.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, both the need for and number of employees in manufacturing have been steadily rising since 2010.
Program Manager Laura Robb says that during the tours, companies show off their technologies, machinery and production systems and highlight in-demand careers. Employees share their career stories, including the skills required to do their jobs and why they enjoy their work.
“It is so important for us to increase awareness among students and their parents about the expansive world of careers in advanced manufacturing,” Robb says. “These modern facilities are clean, bright and high-tech, employing workers with many different skills including robotics, quality control, engineering, human resources, supply chain, logistics, metallurgy, sensor engineering, safety, environmental sustainability, welding and others.”
In 2018, Oakland County Manufacturing Day drew 860 students who visited 43 manufacturing companies, Robb says. This included a record 17 high schools, plus the four Oakland Schools’ technical campuses. This year, organizers are going bigger and planning to send over 1,000 students to 50-plus companies.
In addition to student and company participation, partners are soliciting sponsors to cover event costs. There are two sponsorship levels: bus transportation ($3,500) and general ($1,500).
Robb says there are many benefits of being a sponsor. Sponsors are featured on the Oakland County Manufacturing Day website, in Oakland County public relations and in a vigorous social media campaign.
Sponsorship funds will be used to provide bus transportation to and from the technical campuses, special “MfgDay” T-shirts for participants and volunteers, a breakfast snack and lunch for all students and chaperones, and funding for other event costs.
“Student participation in Oakland County Manufacturing Day has grown each year,” Robb says. “It cannot take place without the generous support of our sponsors and tour hosts. We really appreciate everyone’s involvement.”
“Our wonderful Oakland County manufacturing companies re-engage year after year with Manufacturing Day and report that it is an event that their employees very much enjoy!”
Companies interested in hosting manufacturing tours should contact Laura Robb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-691-8437 ext. 2974. Organizations interested in sponsoring Oakland County Manufacturing Day should contact Julie Skene at email@example.com or 248-858-5437.
For more information on Oakland County Manufacturing Day, visit oakgov.com/mfgday.