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October 14, 2015

Contact:

Sheryl Herchenroeder
Public Information
909 652-6114
sheryl.herchenroeder@chaffey.edu

Kathy Dutton
Director, Employment Development

and Community Education

909 652-6042

Ann Marie Allen
Coordinator, TAACCCT Grant
909 652-6054

For Immediate Release


CHAFFEY COLLEGE AND SIGMAnet HOST 957 STUDENTS AT 3rd ANNUAL MANUFACTURING DAY

(RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA.) - Friday, October 2nd Chaffey College in partnership with SIGMAnet (Ontario) hosted nearly 1,000 middle, high school and college students at the 3rd Annual Manufacturing Day. Participating students represented 23 schools from 10 schools districts, with some students traveling from as far as Apple Valley.

"This event was so amazing because it allowed kids to really get involved and understand all the types of careers that are available to them. The best part was seeing the kids circle back and talk to exhibitors asking more questions and trying to get as much information as possible,” stated Jennifer Poe, TAACCCT Lead Data Manager at Chaffey College.

Nearly 1,000 students interacted with local manufacturers who educated them about their particular business/product and let them know about different careers available at their facilities, as well as, the kind of education/training required to qualify for those positions. Students gained a greater understanding of what types of technology-driven manufacturing careers are available to them in our area and participated in hands-on activities allowing them to truly experience the exciting opportunities in advanced manufacturing. This is the third time that Chaffey College has hosted this annual event. In addition to hands-on career exploration experiences highlighting career paths related to Advanced Manufacturing, students were able to see how jobs in manufacturing and similar fields related to their interests.

Activities including 3-D printing, drones, robotics, virtual welding, animation and design, architecture, electrical assembly lines, automotive technology, and Bluetooth virtual robots. Additionally, faculty and students from four local colleges demonstrated advanced manufacturing programs including electrical, engineering, automotive design, and architecture. Participating colleges included Chaffey College, Barstow College, San Bernardino Valley College, and Norco College.

Students interacted with local manufacturers who educated them about their particular business/product and let them know about different careers available at their facility and the kind of education/training required to qualify for various positions. Students gained a greater understanding of the types of technology-driven manufacturing careers available in our area. Participating businesses included: Brithinee Electric of Colton California Steele Industries, Cott Beverages, Doing What Matters, Klein Educational Systems, Safariland, SIGMAnet, and Vital Link
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Student Comments:

"My favorite exhibit was the drone because it gets everyone's attention. I want to work for Microsoft now and learn programming."
Tyler Torres, Student, Fontana High School

"When I grow up, I now want to be a teacher, anime artist or a graphic engineer."

Claudia, Student, Ramona Junior High School


"My favorite exhibit was in the second room, I loved the satellite because you have so much control but it was still challenging to work."
Giselle, Student, Ramona Junior High School

The event is sponsored by the California Community College Chancellor’s
Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy Initiative through Kenneth Eaves, Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Manufacturing.

Established in 1883, Chaffey College was one of the first colleges to be established in California and offers associate degrees, as well as vocational and transfer programs in a wide variety of subjects. Courses are offered at campuses in Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, and Fontana, as well as online through the Distance Education program. For general information about the college, please visit www.chaffey.edu.

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