On Friday, October 2, Ranken’s Manufacturing Division opened its doors for MFG Day, a nationwide celebration of modern manufacturing. MFG Day is intended to address common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving the manufacturing industry an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. Attendees had the opportunity to:
- Tour local manufacturers
- Visit Ranken Technical College’s manufacturing departments – Advanced Manufacturing (Wentzville), Fabrication & Welding Technology, Industrial Technology and Precision Machining Technology
- Learn about career opportunities in the manufacturing industry
Guests included groups of students and teachers from local high schools, current Ranken students, Ranken alumni and representatives from area manufacturing facilities.
MFG Day in St. Louis
Precision Machining Technology Department Chair Jeff Ogle planned a manufacturing job fair to kick off the MFG Day celebration at the St. Louis campus. Companies in attendance included Aesculap, QTE Manufacturing Solutions, Depco LLC, Haas, Seco, MSC, Huff Machine, Prax Air and Autodesk.
Following the job fair, Ranken President Stan Shoun introduced speaker Ed Monser. Monser, who has served as president of Emerson since 2010 and is also the Chairman of Ranken’s Board of Trustees, addressed a roomful of high school students in Staley Auditorium. Monser described the current state of the manufacturing industry and discussed the importance of a skilled manufacturing workforce. “If you invest in yourself and get a skill, there are good jobs, and you will have one,” he told students.
Ranken was excited to welcome 215 total attendees, including high school students, current Ranken students, alumni and industry representatives. Groups from the following area high schools attended and toured the Manufacturing Division’s programs:
- Clyde C. Miller
- Hazelwood East
- North Technical
- South Tech
MFG Day in Wentzville
Ranken Wentzville also had a great turnout for MFG Day, with 154 students from the following area high schools attending:
Advanced Manufacturing Department Chair Gary Young attributed the day’s success to the teamwork of the Ranken Wentzville staff and faculty, saying, “This day could not have been as successful without the help of Patrick Glynn, Kyle Lympus, Tom Moors, John Springmeyer, Tim Michel, J.C. Owens, Ali Panahi and Shannon Brueggemann.”
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