Lansing, MI (WILX) -- Manufacturing Week collectively led up to Manufacturing Day, a cumulative effort by organizations across the state to educate people on the opportunities and benefits of the industry.
About a thousand kids from throughout the capitol region are visiting roughly two dozen different manufacturing facilities. They are getting real-life experience of what goes on inside local factories.
A press conference happened Friday morning at Lansing Community College.
LCC Executive Vice President Lisa Webb Sharpe, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, CAMC Executive Director Virg Bernero, MI Workforce Development Agency Director Stephanie Beckhorn all spoke at the event.
Manufacturing Day is an effort to change perceptions about the manufacturing industry. It aims to get the word out to students and their parents that a career in the skilled trades is a viable and smart option.
"Especially at a time of somebody having mounting debt. Mounting tuition debt from 4-year colleges," Bernero said. "You can go into a lot of these programs into apprenticeships."
According to the Michigan Manufacturers Association, manufacturing directly employs more than 623,700 individuals in Michigan.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 Manufacturing in America study said manufacturing is considered the fifth largest employer in the U.S.
So who are these jobs right for?
"If you're good with your hands, if you like to build things, if you like to be creative," Bernero said. "If you like to innovate there are a lot of opportunities in this region."
LCC’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) offers hands-on training in a state-of-the-art facility.
LCC offers programs in computer automated design, precision machining, robotics and automation, and welding.
Michigan is home to a diverse manufacturing sector that includes transportation, machinery, alternative energy, food and beverage, computer and electrical products, furniture, bioscience, chemical, defense-related manufacturing, and many others.
"Sure it's automotive but those machines, as somebody's said here, those robots have to be built, they have to be serviced," Bernero said.
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