Local leaders committed to student success

Career Technical/Vocational Education teachers from 12 Central Valley High Schools participated in Advanced Manufacturing 101—Central Valley Initiative, Phase III, organized by Gurminder Sangha, Deputy Sector Navigator—Advanced Manufacturing.

Advanced Manufacturing 101—Central Valley Initiative is creating a collaborative of high schools, adult schools, community colleges, workforce development boards, industry partners and other key stakeholders that is committed to improving Advanced Manufacturing Education in the Central Valley by providing teachers and administrators opportunities to: learn the technical education and skills requirements directly from the manufacturers through tours of manufacturing plants and focus group meetings with the plant leadership and staff; obtain professional development and training to provide education and training to students that is needed for technical careers in the advanced manufacturing industry.

Phase III of Advanced Manufacturing 101—Central Valley Initiative was comprised of the tours of two manufacturing plants located in the Visalia Industrial Park: BlueScope Buildings and Serpa.

After the BlueScope Buildings plant tour, teachers had the opportunity to tour Serpa. Serpa is a manufacturer of high-quality machinery, and provide complete end-of-line packaging solutions by offering most advanced technology and design in the industry.

“I was blown away by the precision engineering technology behind the machines that enables their customers to reach the highest level of automation in their production facilities and have created a demand for high levels of skill sets, which is currently lacking in the workforce,” said Sangha.

Partners such as PPG Industries, ConAgra Foods, BlueScope Buildings and Serpa have opened up their doors to provide externships to teachers so that they have a good understanding of the skills gap that their local manufacturing industry is experiencing. With this understanding and connection with local employers, teachers are empowered to develop curriculum that addresses the skills gap, seek internships and job shadow opportunities for their students and assist students in making informative career decisions.

High school and community college teachers and administrators from all across the Central Valley are welcome to register and participate in the upcoming tours of American Incorporated and Pregis.

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