In early October, students from Dodge City High School took part in National Manufacturing Day, in which they toured the Dodge City Community College Tech Center and area manufacturing locations.

According to DCCC, manufacturing day in Dodge City was held in partnership with Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation, Dodge City USD 443 Pathways program, Dodge City Community College Workforce Development and area manufacturers.

"The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation hosts Manufacturing Day every year so that students who are in the technical programs know what manufacturers are out in the community and what job opportunities are available," said Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation executive director Joann Knight in a news release.

"It really brings awareness to what students can be taking while they’re in high school, and how it tracks directly into the community college and to a career.

"They walked through a company’s door and saw the machinery in the processes, so when they are ready to apply for a job or even thinking about the career a career in that field, they have a more clear view of what they’re walking into.

"It’s a great chance for students to experience the businesses out in the community and then experience the college’s skilled-trades training, facilities and instructors."

Among the tours to local manufacturing facilities, students visited Rotomix, Broce Manufacturing, Curtis Machine and Kitchens Inc.

"The tour of the technical programs at DCCC and the manufacturers really opened our students’ eyes," said DCHS career and technical education coordinator and assistant principal Mike Martinez, "to what opportunities are available if they want to enter the workforce immediately after graduating high school or if they want to further their education at DCCC."

During the event, 17 students currently enrolled in manufacturing courses or who have selected manufacturing as a career path received scholarship offers from DCCC president Harold Nolte.

"Our students see that they can stay right here and get the skills they need to be an asset to our workforce and our employers that are already here," Martinez said. "The collaborative effort between DCCC, DCHS, and the manufacturers in Dodge City provided an amazing experience for our students."

Neil Jones, president of Quantum Helicopters, the college’s training partner for the DCCC Flight Instructor Program in Arizona, used Manufacturing Day as an opportunity to let students gain flight time as one of the training helicopters landed in the DCCC student activity center parking lot to allow community members a chance to examine the recently reinstated flight program.


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