FSCJ celebrates “Manufacturing Day/Month” with specialized tours for middle and high school students

Media Release
Florida State College Jacksonville
Contact: Jill Johnson, (904) 632-5016

October 1, 2015 1:00 p.m.

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) will celebrate Manufacturing Day/Month on October 2, 2015 in partnership with neighboring counties and local businesses and trade industries.

FSCJTo celebrate Manufacturing Day/Month in Florida, FSCJ joins fellow partners to offer more than 600 students from Jacksonville’s middle and high schools an opportunity to participate in industry tours to nearly 15 high-tech manufacturing sites in Duval,
Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties. The tours represent a collaborative effort
between Florida TRADE at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Career Source of
Northeast Florida, First Coast Manufacturing Association (FCMA) and the Duval, Clay,
Nassau and St. Johns county school districts.

“With the old saying, ‘knowledge is power,’ it is extremely important we present
local opportunities to inform students and parents in our community about career
opportunities in regional and national growing industries as early as possible,”
said FSCJ Program Manager for the Florida Department of Labor Trade Grant.
“Providing these tours offers these students an opportunity to learn first-hand
about the manufacturing industry and the extensive career possibilities that may be
a perfect fit for them.”

These tours are a part of Made in Florida Industry tours, a statewide effort with
FLATE (Florida Advanced Technical Education), the Florida-based National Science
Foundation Center of Excellence, in partnership with the Manufacturers Association
of Florida, Florida TRADE and Regional Manufacturing Associations.

The tours are designed to introduce manufacturing to our local middle and high
school students, to attract these young bright minds to consider a career in
advanced manufacturing. These efforts are being organized to educate students and
parents statewide that manufacturing is an innovative, high-skill, high-wage career
field with an excellent economic forecast.

Participating organizations include:

* BAE Systems

* Carlisle IT

* Caterpillar

* Cenveo

* Florida Machine Works

* Gerdau

* Johnson Controls

* Main Recycling

* Rayonier

* Rulon

* Safariland

* SAFT Battery

* Soler Palau

* Vac-Con

* Vistakon

* West Rock

For information on these tours, contact Michael Collins at
mcollins@fscj.edu<mailto:mcollins@fscj.edu> or Jaime Harsell at

About FSCJ
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, nonprofit higher education
institution that offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to meet the
education and training needs of more than 57,000 students per year.

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