Just two years ago, Elkhart County had no programs introducing students to careers in our largest economic sector: manufacturing. In October 2016, local manufacturing businesses and middle schools came together to launch Manufacturing Days.
During Manufacturing Days, students have the opportunity to explore local careers by visiting two facilities where they will learn about the educational path that can lead them to a successful career in this sector.
Educating parents, teachers, and counselors is also part of the program. From 2016 to 2017, the program grew from 620 participants to 1,922. This fall, we expect all 2,600 eighth graders to participate.