Students explore manufacturing careers

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center held a two-day event to attract high school students to the manufacturing industry.

High school freshmen from schools throughout Mahoning County learned about the many different careers in the resurging industry and how it is advancing in innovative ways.

MCCTC and the Ohio Pathways to Competitiveness Project organized the two-day event to provide students with another choice as they plan their career path.

Students got a hands-on opportunity to try out some of the manufacturing processes and heard from experts in the industry.

MCCTC has a two-year program in manufacturing for high school juniors and seniors. School representatives said most them go right into jobs in the field after graduation.

“It is all about innovation nowadays. It is all about working smarter, and that they can make a very good living in the five-county region having a job in manufacturing,” said Cynthia Grier, coordinator with Ohio Pathways to Competitiveness.

More than 650 students from 13 schools across Mahoning County attend MCCTC, but school administrators are looking to increase enrollment. They said events such as this help students map out the future of their education.

“It actually helped me to see what happens and how to make things,” said Campbell High School student Suhad Albaat. “It was interesting. I might do it.”

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