Sierra College and Businesses Open Doors to Educators to Demonstrate Advanced Manufacturing Careers

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To build a future workforce, the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative with Sierra College is offering tours to high school educators to demonstrate the opportunities for students in advanced manufacturing careers where they can earn excellent salaries while creating products that enhance lives.

Advanced manufacturing students can find creative, satisfying, good paying careers making tangible and touchable products that support a growing American infrastructure

Manufacturers are hiring and one of the biggest challenges is attracting graduates to this dynamic industry that applies technology and innovation to create products that improve the world. The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI), with industry partners and Sierra College, will increase awareness of 21st century careers by opening their doors to Sacramento area high school administrators, board members and counselors in May.

According to Steve Dicus, Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Manufacturing, housed at Sierra College, manufacturers are offering tours so school representatives can talk directly to staff and see modern manufacturing. “Once they see the tremendous opportunities, schools can excite students about careers in manufacturing,” said Dicus.

The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative champions a call to action by reputable, industry-known manufacturers, affiliates and educators to create a best in class dynamic workforce, explained George J. Wernette III (Joe), CEO, Tri Tool, an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) based in Rancho Cordova, CA. “Today’s students can find creative, satisfying, good paying careers making tangible and touchable products that support a growing American infrastructure,” said Wernette. “The beauty of manufacturing is that we bring in raw materials and our employees make beneficial products that are sent out to make the world a better place. There isn’t a computer app that can accomplish this or replace these jobs.”

The manufacturing sector in Northern California offers jobs today that didn’t exist 20 years ago, explained Dicus. “To see the new technology in action, the high school representatives will tour the production floors at manufacturing firms and the new GENE HAAS CENTER for Advanced Manufacturing by Design at Sierra College,” said Dicus. “They’ll see students learning on Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machining tools that are used to manufacture parts for the medical, electronics, power, aircraft and other industries.”

On May 1, Placer Union High School District officials will visit Quality Metal Fabrication, LLC in Auburn, CA. The company fabricates precision sheet metal and assembles precision sheet metal components for a variety of industries including: lasers, computers, TV broadcast, flight simulation, music, telecommunications, networking, food processing, transportation, scientific, weather, solar/wind power, retail fixtures and machinery.

The Folsom Cordova Unified School District representatives will visit Harris & Bruno International in Roseville, CA on May 2. The company is a worldwide printing and coating equipment manufacturing business with representatives in Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe, Australia and India.

On May 3, Siemens Mobility Division in Sacramento, CA will host participants from the Elk Grove Unified School District. Siemens designs and manufactures commuter and regional passenger trains, light rail and streetcars, metros, locomotives, passenger coaches and high speed trains.

The Rocklin Unified School District will also be participating. In the Rocklin High School Engineering program, students learn to design and program on SolidWorks and Mastercam as well as operate industry standard machine and fabrication equipment including CNC Mills, Lathes and Routers, as well as welding and laser cutting.

According to Dicus, there are well paid careers open at every level of education in advanced manufacturing. “High school graduates with design, production and pre-engineering skills gained in Career Technical Education courses are sought after by employers,” said Dicus. “Students can earn community college certificates and degrees that prepare them for a variety of roles. We want those who earn university degrees to come back to our region, find rewarding careers and be part of our community. These tours are a first step toward aligning education with current workforce opportunity.”

Learn more about Valley Vision, manufacturing in the Sacramento region at Sacramento SME and Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing.

Sierra College District is rising to the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region.

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