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In October 2019, UT CIS Solutions Consultants helped students across the state discover more about how modern manufacturers are solving tomorrow’s challenges today. To accomplish this, the Solutions Consultants partnered with Tennessee organizations and schools to transport students to local manufacturing facilities and witness manufacturing at its best. Each facility tour and classroom discussion was a part of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day 2019).
MFG Day is a national program that helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. Across the country, manufacturers small and large will be hosted students of all ages in their facilities, showcasing a vibrant and growing industry that is vital to our economy.
Last year, 275,000 people participated in nearly 3,000 MFG Day events across North America—and more than 80 percent of students said they became more convinced that manufacturing provides interesting and rewarding careers after attending these events.
The official kick-off of MFG Day each year happens on the first Friday in October. This year, the official event was October 4, 2019. While many events took place on that day, as more states declare October as Manufacturing Month, events are scheduled throughout the month. In fact, Governor Bill Lee declared October 4 as Manufacturing Day in Tennessee. View the proclamation HERE.
Why is there a Manufacturing Day? Modern manufacturing environments are commonly thought of as dark, dangerous factories designed for low-skilled workers. MFG Day addresses this misperception by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing really is today. Over the next decade, manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs. These jobs offer long-term career opportunities, high pay, and exposure to cutting-edge technology and innovations. MFG Day is an opportunity to connect that future workforce to potential employers and change the narrative around manufacturing.
If you would be interested in hosting students for a MFG Day event in 2020, please contact your local Solutions Consultant.