Kalamazoo Valley Community College Hosts October 1 Virtual Skilled Expo

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As a part of its celebration of National Manufacturing Week, Kalamazoo Valley Community College will stage a virtual Skilled Trades Expo on Thursday, Oct. 1 at http://www.kvcc.edu/skilledtradesexpo. Prospective students, families, employers and the general public will be directed to the website to view and participate in a variety of educational and interactive videos and activities.

“There has been a huge push recently to get the younger generation interested in skilled trades after high school and I am eager to do my part to help,” Jason Sparks said. “There is an abundance of job opportunities for incoming prospects in skilled trades and mold making and machining."

Kalamazoo Valley Community College Hosts October 1 Virtual Skilled Expo
As a part of its celebration of National Manufacturing Week, Kalamazoo Valley Community College will stage a virtual Skilled Trades Expo on Thursday, Oct. 1 at http://www.kvcc.edu/skilledtradesexpo.
Prospective students, families, employers and the general public will be directed to the website to view and participate in a variety of educational and interactive videos and activities which will include:

  • Information about training at Kalamazoo Valley for high-paying jobs in these pathways:

Automotive Technology
Electrical Technology
HVAC Technology
Engineering/Design/Manufacturing Technology
Welding Technology
Computer Information Systems

  • Interviews with Kalamazoo Valley faculty members
  • Q and A sessions with employers, faculty and others

Although virtual, this event is patterned after a similar on-campus activity held during 2019, when more than 800 people visited the college’s Texas Township Campus to learn about these careers. This year’s event will allow information seekers to access the webpage beginning on Oct. 1 to learn more about rewarding careers in the skilled and professional trades.

Sponsors of the event include Concept Molds, Humphrey Products, Landscape Forms and Stryker Corporation.

Kalamazoo Valley alumni Jason Sparks, general manager at Concept Molds, completed an apprenticeship while he was a student at Valley. “The apprenticeship training that I received both in the classroom at Valley and hands-on at the shop gave me the background and the technical understanding of mold making,” Sparks said. The Schoolcraft-based company opened in 1992 and employs 25 people, building plastic injection molds for the medical device market, as well as for the automotive, industrial, and consumer products markets, specializing in precision injection mold design, engineering, construction, management, and design support.

“There has been a huge push recently to get the younger generation interested in skilled trades after high school and I am eager to do my part to help,” Sparks said. “There is an abundance of job opportunities for incoming prospects in skilled trades and mold making and machining. Many of these opportunities in mold making can lead to growth and advancement within the trade and plastics manufacturing industry and most mold shops are very safe, clean, bright and climate controlled.”

To access the Skilled Trades Expo, go to http://www.kvcc.edu/skilledtradesexpo beginning on Oct. 1. Content will remain available for the entire month.

Media Contact
Linda Depta, Executive Director
KVCC Foundation and Director of Fund Development
269.488.4821 or ldepta@kvcc.edu

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