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October 1, 2015


Sheryl Herchenroeder
Public Information
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Kathy Dutton
Director, Employment Development

and Community Education

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Ann Marie Allen
Coordinator, TAACCCT Grant
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For Immediate Release


(ONTARIO, CA.) - Chaffey College is partnering with the SIGMAnet to bring manufacturing careers to life for area middle school and high school students and teachers. The event is Friday, October 2, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at SIGMAnet, 4290 E. Brickell St., Ontario, CA 91761. Over 1,300 students from various middle schools and high schools in the area will meet with local manufacturers and engage in interesting, hands-on activities.

This is the third time that Chaffey College has hosted this annual event. In addition to hands-on career exploration experiences provided by Vital Link, Inc. of Orange County, which will highlight career paths related to Advanced Manufacturing, students can see how jobs in manufacturing and similar fields may be related to their interests.

Students will interact with local manufacturers who can educate 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 will gain a greater understanding of the types of technology-driven manufacturing careers available in our area. Some of the local businesses participating in this event include SIGMAnet of Ontario, California Steel Industries of Fontana, Cott Beverages USA of Colton, Brithinee Electric of Colton, Safariland of Ontario, Inland Empire Economic Partnership of San Bernardino, Kenneth Eaves Deputy Sector Navigator of Chaffey College (Rancho), Klein Educational Systems of Sacramento, Barstow College, Norco College, San Bernardino Valley College, Chaffey College Electrical Program and Chaffey College Engineering Program.

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.

What is Manufacturing Day?
An annual event that occurs on the first Friday of October, Manufacturing Day is an occasion during which North American manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. Manufacturing Day events occur at various manufacturing facilities and educational institutions across North America. Events in everyone’s local community can be found on the Manufacturing Day website’s “Attend an Event” page: www.mfgday.com/events Why is there a Manufacturing Day?

Modern manufacturing environments are commonly thought of as dark, dangerous factories designed for low-skilled workers. Manufacturing Day addresses this misperception by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing really is today:

  • Manufacturing is technologically advanced, with ample use of automation, 3-D printing, robots, and screen technology.
  • The annual average salary of manufacturing workers is more than $77,000.
  • Manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector.
  • 90 percent of manufacturing workers have medical benefits.
  • The sector also creates a “ripple effect” through intra- and interstate commerce, transferring products within California and throughout the nation “building wealth for businesses, individuals and community” (CCC Economic and Workforce Development, 2012).
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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