Best Practice for Manufacturing Day
14 Jan 2021
Seven years ago the Chamber kicked workforce and education initiatives into high gear, establishing INTERN South Bend Region as a program to encourage internship development and provide social and professional development opportunities for summer interns. This was quickly followed by leading the collaborative development of South Bend RegionManufacturing Day (MFG Day) programming in 2014. Since then, 70 industry and education/training partners and more than 4,000 high school students from nine high schools, five counties and two states have connected to build the impact of manufacturing careers through tours and personal interaction. In 2020, we pivoted to shine a virtual spotlight on local manufacturers and illuminate pathways to the career opportunities they offer. This virtual format extends the reach and inclusivity of the program, to affect more educators, students and parents.
“This year’s virtual format gave us a great opportunity to share information about regional manufacturers, and the careers they offer, over several months rather than a single day,” said Kate Lee, executive director of workforce and education at the Chamber. “By making MFG Days plural, we extend the reach of the messaging beyond one day and a set number of students and educators.” The Chamber created a robust landing page to house the numerous resources available, including:
- LIFT Network Career Exploration Videos
- Curated collection of manufacturing-related videos
- Conversations with regional manufacturers