WCCC celebrates National Manufacturing Day
To celebrate National Manufacturing Day Friday, October 3 and showcase manufacturing careers for women, WCCC’s Advanced Technology Center conducted a program for female students who attend Central Westmoreland and Eastern Westmoreland career and technology centers.
More than 70 students representing 12 school districts attended. Students participated in three 40-minute sessions selected from nine activities such as creating 3-D models, operating a burner management system used in gas heating systems, programming an Arduino (a computer that does simple tasks) and cutting metal using the Computer Numerical Control plasma cutter.
The students also attended a panel discussion comprising women who work in manufacturing including: Elizabeth “Binky” Sargent, manager-materials analysis corporate technology, and Lorrie Paul Crum, vice president, corporate relations, both of Kennametal Inc.; Jayne Huston, e-Magnify director, Seton Hill University; Mary Catherine Motchar, president/owner, Arbor Industrial Supplies Inc.; Lori Albright, president/owner, Stellar Precision Components, LTD; and Amanda White, human resources coordinator, Equipment and Controls Inc. The panelists addressed topics such as their career pathway, the qualities that women possess that make them excel in manufacturing, wages and job availability, a typical day and the technical skill requirements for today’s manufacturing jobs.
At the conclusion of the program, one senior from each CTC was selected from a drawing to receive a $100 WCCC tuition scholarship to be used in 2015-16 donated by the college’s Educational Foundation.
Represented high schools included Belle Vernon, Derry, Greater Latrobe, Frazier, Greensburg-Salem, Hempfield, Ligonier, Mt. Pleasant, Norwin, Penn Trafford, Southmoreland and Yough.
The event was conducted by the college’s ATC Academy for High School students and sponsored by local companies.