JACKSON, Tennessee – Jackson State Community College manufacturing students leave the classroom to celebrate Manufacturing Month.
“Every Monday we send a group of students in to service Whitney here at the Animal Care Center with their learned manufacturing skills,” said Cathi Roberts, graduation coordinator for the Engineering Systems Technology Program.
During that month the students usually visited local manufacturing facilities but decided to convert this year.
“This year, because of COVID, we couldn’t go out and do factory tours and the like, which we traditionally do. We wanted to do something different, ”said Roberts.
The two-year program works with 30 local companies to place students in various manufacturing professions during their school years.
“They go to Jackson State two days a week, but they work in a manufacturing facility three days a week. In the US, we have over four million jobs for high-quality, high-tech manufacturing positions, so this is a high demand profession, ”said Roberts.
In addition to volunteering to help their community, students also learn new skills that they can use in their careers.
“Not only do we try to make our students great employees and citizens, we want them to be aware of the community around them,” said Roberts.
The students say that they have already learned a lot.
“Anything you need to know, they can teach you. You taught me to do pretty much anything up there. I can program the robots. I welded and manufactured. They teach you a lot in the programs, ”said Parker Sowder, a student at Jackson State Community College.
And they have helped the shelter in many different ways this month.
“Your participation has helped the shelter in many ways. It helped increase our adoption rate in the weeks they were involved, ”said Whitney Owen, director of Animal Services for the City of Jackson.
They will continue to volunteer until the end of the month.
“You intend to volunteer by the end of the month of manufacture, which is October. So next week would probably be our last week with them, ”Owen said.
The main objective of the program is to build and strengthen skills for manufacturing occupations.
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