Student Career Path Awareness: Local Manufacturing Companies Need Young, Skilled Employees

There are amazing, great paying, high-tech jobs in Morgan County that don’t require a 4-year college degree, but local manufacturing companies are having a hard time finding young, skilled employees. According to Jeff Haggard, Vice President of Industrial Sales for Haggard & Stocking, there’s a lack of awareness among high school students and parents.

“There are some great careers in manufacturing that require only a two-year associate degree. Many companies offer internships where they pay for high school graduates to be trained at a technical school like Ivy Tech,” said Haggard. “Manufacturing is the backbone of our nation and without young people coming into this industry, we’ll have to start outsourcing more.”

 

CRISIS FACTS:

  • There are more than 60 manufacturing; 198 construction; 45 transportation and warehousing; 112 technical services; and 83 healthcare companies in Morgan County (2018 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Martinsville High School has a Precision Machining Technology Program, guided by an advisory board of several local manufacturing companies, that teaches skills such as machining, mechanics, engineering, construction and more.
  • Ivy Tech offers workforce certificates/credentials for advanced manufacturing, building and construction, health sciences, information and business technology, and transportation and logistics to high school graduates and through Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant, students can enroll and attend FREE of charge (tuition and fees covered).

Lack of awareness regarding alternative higher education and career opportunities is a real problem for students and parents. The Community Foundation of Morgan County (CFMC) has identified real solutions such as funding to implement career path awareness and coaching programs in our schools. Partnering with our community through private and corporate philanthropy makes these real solutions possible. Click here to give today and help change lives tomorrow.

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