On October 4, 2017 and October 6, 2017 Pioneer Service hosted high school students for a tour and presentation on manufacturing careers. In all, 91 students were able to come! Students from Reavis High School, Oak Lawn High School and Addison Trail High School saw first-hand how machined parts are made on advanced CNC Swiss machines with production manager Bob Anderson, as well how they are checked with vision inspection systems. A third of their time was spent addressing perceptions vs. reality in manufacturing and how they might find their own passion in unconventional places. Rose of Sharon DeVos presented the myths, her own story of joining the industry, Pioneer Service's story and encouraged students to be intentional in writing their own life and career stories.
Kaitlyn, a 10th grade student from Reavis High School, just had her first exposure to manufacturing careers during the 2017 Manufacturing Day tour at Pioneer Service Inc. Here's how her perception of manufacturing changed!
In addition to the high school visits, Pioneer Service actively engages with government officials to keep manufacturing high on their priority list. On October 5th, Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti visited, took the tour and listened to ideas on how to engage students in STEM earlier.
Manufacturing Day was celebrated across the country with this purpose in mind, to engage people and educate them on the careers available. Pioneer Service's owner, Aneesa Muthana believes "Manufacturing day should not just be one day, but throughout the year. As manufacturers, we have a responsibility to the next generation to expose them to the industry for our own future as well as theirs."
Pioneer Service's Manufacturing Day events was just one of many held throughout the year to support the mission of creating the next generation of employees and leaders for our industry. Visit www.MFGDay.com for more information.