Thousands of students to learn about Manufacturing and Trade careers Thursday

Simone Graham – Editor: I once read in a newspaper article about elementary students taking a field trip to the Claremont Colleges. The idea behind getting them to tour colleges when they are kids is that children who started thinking about going to college in grade school years had a better chance of getting there by the time they are a high school senior. Events like Made in the High Desert  give students a chance to think about what they want to do once they go on to higher education. What do I want to study? What major should I declare? If I take these classes will they really give me the knowledge I require to be hired in the real world?

On Thursday Feb. 21, San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood will host the fourth annual “Made in the High Desert” manufacturing event. He will be available at the Fairgrounds from 10 to 11 a.m. The event will be from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at High Desert Event Center/ Fairgrounds, 14800 7th Street, Victorville.

More than 3,000 students are expected to visit this event, which Supervisor Lovingood created to introduce local students to careers in well-paying jobs with local manufacturers and trade employers. Last year,  “Made in the High Desert” formed a joint partnership with “Pathways to Success” to further enhance the experience for students.

The Thursday event will give local students from grades 7 through 12 an opportunity to meet with manufacturers, trade employers and career training and education outlets to learn about their business, careers they offer and the training required to secure jobs. The event will also help manufacturers meet with local school officials and connect classroom instruction with practical application in industry.

Manufacturers large and small are slated to exhibit and meet with students. Exhibitors include a number of exciting local manufacturers and trade employers such as General Atomics (and their aircraft simulators), Women in Mining, GE Aviation, Valew Quality Truck Bodies, Liberty Utilities and many more. Each will be discussing career opportunities.

Supervisor Lovingood started the “Made in the High Desert” event in 2015 to stimulate interest among students in technical training and manufacturing careers.

The High Desert is home to a growing number of manufacturing firms due to pro-business policies of local governments, an independent air quality management district, available land and the workforce. Corporate site selectors are shifting away from decisions based on “location, location, location.” Today, the greatest driver is available workforce.

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