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Advanced Manufacturing Day focuses on education, careers

MCC Powerline Technician Faculty tells students about the program

The 148 high school students attending MCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Day this week heard an employer panel, toured the advanced manufacturing facilities at MCC, learned about the educational programs offered, and visited in small groups with area employers. Here, MCC Powerline Technician Faculty Bob Hiatt tells students about the utility industry and MCC’s Powerline Technician program. He said many students are hired before they even complete their college degree.

There were lots of messages conveyed during this year’s Advanced Manufacturing Day at Marshalltown Community College: There are many local jobs available in the advanced manufacturing sector, the wages in those jobs are above average, training for those careers is available locally, and now is a great time to work in advanced manufacturing.

One hundred forty-eight students from six high schools participated in the annual Advanced Manufacturing Day, which began with a panel of human resources professionals talking about what their employers look for in today’s market. Students were also able to meet in small groups with MCC/Iowa Valley Grinnell faculty and learn more about the College’s manufacturing and skilled trades programs, which include Automotive Repair Technology, Electro-Mechanical Systems Technology, Gunsmith Technology, Machine Tool Technology (Tool & Die), Natural Gas Technician, Powerline Technician and Welding.

Several local business representatives were also in attendance to talk about their companies, training requirements, and career opportunities. Participating businesses were Raymon Enterprises, Emerson/Fisher, OEL Construction, Marine Corps, Metal Tech Industries, Black Hills Energy, Burke Corporation, Marshalltown Company, JBS, Purfoods, Jeld-Wen, Nagle Signs and TPI Composites.

Participating high schools included Green Mountain-Garwin, Grinnell-Newburg, Marshalltown High School, Marshalltown Learning Academy, South Hardin, South Tama, and West Marshall.

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