Local congressman encourages students to enter manufacturing


Manufacturing businesses will visit Monarch Hall once again to persuade students to enter the modern industrial field.

 By Jamie Garcia and Lon Dominguez, Staff Writers

 For the third consecutive year over 25 industrial companies will send their representatives to Monarch Hall to showcase their products in an effort to encourage  high school and college students to enter the manufacturing trade and all the opportunities it has to offer.

Valley College in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Southern California, known for its many Goodwill stores, and the office of Congressman Tony Cardenas, will be hosting Manufacturing Day on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Monarch Hall located in the campus center.    

According to Roberto Gutierrez, the administrative coordinator for the event, students from several local high schools will be in attendance in a nation wide effort to encourage more students to consider an industrial trade and to educate them on the skills needed in the modern workforce.

“Our mission is to engage, enroll, and employ the next generation of skilled labor,” said Gutierrez, “many jobs have left the country but the ones that remain require a high level of skill.”

Pathways to Apprenticeship is this year’s theme which informs students about the great career opportunities in manufacturing in honor of national manufacturing month. This event features a facility tour, manufacturing expo, and presentations by manufacturing companies with the goal of educating the community on what modern manufacturing is all about and empowering the manufacturers to take larger roles in the community.

“Throughout my twenty years in public service, and as a former small business owner, my goal has always been to support the growth of small and mid-sized businesses in the San Fernando Valley,” said Congressman Cardenas in reference to last year’s event, “Knowing just how critical small businesses are to our community and the U.S. economy.”  

Amanda Davies, program specialist at Valley, explained that companies such as Boeing are looking for younger workers and that this event is also a chance for high school students to experience a college environment.


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