LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Monday marked the start of the 5th annual Manufacturing Week. Hosted by Greater Lafayette Commerce, students from nine Indiana counties are expected to attend the event.
Manufacturing Week gives K-12 students an opportunity to learn about the manufacturing industry. "The intention for the week is to help people discover manufacturing, to understand what career opportunities are out there and available and to let them know what jobs there are,” said Greater Lafayette Commerce Workforce Development Director Kara Webb.
Nearly 2 thousand students from 9 different counties are expected to be in attendance. They will have the chance to learn about these opportunities at the Manufacturing Week expos.
Webb believes the expo is a great way for students to discover what happens behind the scenes in some of the community's most recognizable companies. "We drive by these facilities so many times during the day and we may not even know what happens in there,” said Webb.
Companies such as Subaru, Wabash National and GE will be in attendance throughout the expo. They offer hands-on learning experiences through activities such as welding simulations and Virtual Reality- assisted assemblies.
The expo also has a focus on employability skills. IN-Mac Director for Workforce and Education Sascha Harrell says those skills aren't all high-tech. "Dressing appropriately, talking through being confident, having good eye contact and not mumbling when speaking,” said Harrell.
Harrell hopes Manufacturing Week will continue to inspire students as they search for jobs. "This is something that can help them in the long run even through their high school career and as they move forward,” said Harrell.
The expo runs through Wednesday. Students will also be visiting facilitates across Tippecanoe and White Counties later this week.