Manufacturing Day, a nationwide event, was recognized with a morning full of activity at Flint Hills Technical College.

More than 60 students from area high schools attended Manufacturing Day activities at the college. Students had a chance to learn from industry leaders and college staff about the variety of career opportunities available in the manufacturing field.

“We had representatives from Hills Pet Food, Sauder Custom Fabrication, Hostess, Frito Lay and Bradbury Companies came in and did presentations this morning,” Foundation Development Officer Jennifer Peckman-Rethman said.

Following the presentations from manufacturers, the students were able to tour the programs at FHTC and even get some hands-on experience.

“They are actually getting hands-on experience with different stations in our IET program, and then they are working with the welding simulators over at our welding building,” Peckman-Rethman said.

Shaelin Watts and Gabrielle Spree, both seniors at Madison High School, attended the activity. They were learning more about the Industrial Engineering Technology program and were both impressed with what they saw during the presentations.

“I came to learn more, and I’ve been impressed,” Watts said. “I liked learning about the hydraulics. At first, when the instructor was showing us, it didn’t make sense to me but as he was explaining things, it just clicked for me and I was very interested.”

Peckman-Rethman said Manufacturing Day is a nationwide event. Some manufacturers host events and invite the public. FHTC regularly holds events for students in recognition of the day.

“The theme for this year was non-traditional gender,” Peckman-Rethman said. “We were showing women in welding and men in dental hygiene or the nursing programs we have here.”

All the students left with information about the programs FHTC offers and industry-specific information from the companies in attendance. They also received a goodie bag filled with safety equipment.

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