Students Take “Made in Henderson County” Tours on Manufacturing Day
An annual collaboration of local schools’ Career & Technical Education programs and workforce development initiatives, the 2019 Made in Henderson County Tours in early October introduced more than 375 middle and high school students to successful manufacturing careers in their own backyard.
Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) has partnered with the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development (HCPED) since 2012 to showcase manufacturing careers to local students through Made in Henderson County tours and events. The initiative has grown to include annual job fairs that positively impact current employer needs by connecting them directly with local, career-ready students who are interested in manufacturing, as well as a Manufacturing Apprenticeship launched in Spring 2019 in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College.
This year’s Made in Henderson County Tours took place on Manufacturing Day for the second year in a row. Students visited 16 local companies, where they got a first-hand look at advanced manufacturing processes and materials including technical ceramics, polymers, die-casting and machining, packaging, sheet metal fabrication, custom cabinetry, molding, and more…..