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Podcast: Getting High School Students Interested in Manufacturing

Oct. 19, 2023
Educators discuss successful programs such as Indiana's Falcon Industries, a student-operated machine shop that performs contract work for area manufacturers.

During Manufacturing Month, we're talking a lot about how to get young people interested in industrial careers. Last week, that discussion included Rolland Abraham, superintendent of the Randolph Central School Corp. in Winchester, Indiana; Brant McCormick, plant manager of the Silvertowne Mint in Winchester; Jasper McConnell, a senior in Randolph schools and an employee at student-run machine shop Falcon Industries; and Lori Mesi, coordinator of Pathways Education programs at Dublin City Schools near Columbus, Ohio. 

Mesi brought a group of Dublin students to Honda's central Ohio manufacturing plant late last month in advance of Manufacturing Day and works with students who want to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing. And, as mentioned, Randolph Center Schools runs Falcon Industries and offers machining and welding programs for students, putting them in touch early with local companies who may become future employers for those students. 

For those of you who prefer to listen to a podcast instead of watching the video of the conversation, please enjoy this presentation. 

About the Author

Robert Schoenberger



Bio: Robert Schoenberger has been writing about manufacturing technology in one form or another since the late 1990s. He began his career in newspapers in South Texas and has worked for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland where he spent more than six years as the automotive reporter. In 2014, he launched Today's Motor Vehicles (now EV Manufacturing & Design), a magazine focusing on design and manufacturing topics within the automotive and commercial truck worlds. He joined IndustryWeek in late 2021.

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