Local Manufacturers have indicated a need for more potential employees in the pipeline. Due to an unprecedented number of retirements, Advanced Manufacturing is facing a shortage in workers and are partnering with workforce and education to turn the tide of incoming potential workers.
On April 11, 2014, eighty-four girls from five local counties converged on Carroll County High School to learn about Advanced Manufacturing. The event, hosted by the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Kentucky Career Center and Brighton Center, brought the girls together with local business and education to hear from women working in the Advanced Manufacturing field and to interact with local businesses. Some of our areas major manufacturers, Dow Corning, Gallatin Steel, North American Stainless and Abzac, saw the value of participating and sent employees to speak with the girls and participate in interactive booths to answer questions and discuss their jobs. Jefferson Community and Technical College was on site to discuss career paths, financial options and short term certifications.
The girls arrived at 9:00 and received their pink hard hats and t-shirts. The speakers came next and each speaker's experience resonated with the girls. The speaker's education level varied and each spoke of their personal story, their work experience and education. There was one common thread among the women who spoke, each sincerely loved the work they do and it was evident from the passionate words they shared. Through Jefferson Community and Technical College and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, the girls were informed of wage ranges, career options, short term certificates, funding options and employment availability.
Once the formal speeches were over, the girls were given the opportunity to interact with the businesses. Women from Dow Corning, Gallatin Steel, North American Stainless and even the local Police Department was on hand to talk about their daily work, how they got into the field and why it's a great field for women. The girls were able to participate in engineering activities, try on 'tools of the trade' and take selfies with their friends in their hard hats.
The last event of the day was a tour of the Carroll County Area Technology Center. Girls were able to see the facility, ask questions and get a brief overview of the sectors available.
A survey completed by the girls before departure indicated that 100% of those who completed the survey learned something about Advanced Manufacturing and 44% are now interested in pursuing a career in the field.