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CTE Students Explore Modern Manufacturing
CTE Students Explore Modern Manufacturing
Posted on 10/07/2019
Over 200 area students explored modern manufacturing careers during the Oct. 4 MFG Day at Thermo Fisher Scientific.By: Benjamin Rickert, BCS Communications

Over 200 area students explored modern manufacturing careers during the October 4 MFG Day hosted by Asheville’s Thermo Fisher Scientific. North Buncombe High welding students and teachers represented BCS during the plant tour and listened in on panel discussions about the future of America’s workforce. The event reinforced the value of the knowledge and skills students gain through Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses in Buncombe County Schools (BCS) and public schools across the nation.

“It’s important for students to connect their academic experiences with real-world applications,” explained BCS CTE Director Taylor Baldwin. “Today, they had the pleasure of seeing firsthand the jobs that are available in their own back yard that relate to the career tech courses they are taking.”

North Buncombe welding students Aiyana Hicks and Austin Smith were impressed by the scope of the fabrication work they witnessed, and recognized some of the tools they saw in use along the tour.

“I could see myself working here some day,” Hicks said. “I’m really excited to see the opportunities that are available to us.”

“It was definitely helpful to see all they offer and do,” Smith added.

The event was organized through a partnership between the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board (MAWDB), the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County. According to a MAWDB media advisory, manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs over the next decade with highly skilled designers, programmers, and operators of technology.

The MFG Day brought local and state officials, students, educators, and manufacturing representatives together to “introduce young people and others in the community to the thriving manufacturing industry… and highlight the high-tech and innovative companies that are solving tomorrow’s challenges today,” the advisory continued.

"I have a lot of good students interested in a welding career and hope that visits like this will boost that interest," said CTE and welding instructor Mr. Daryl Fox.

Learn more about Career & Technical Education in Buncombe County Schools.

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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