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September 30, 2014


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Kathy Dutton
Director, Employment Development and Community Education

Ann Marie Allen
Coordinator, CTE Community Collaborative

For Immediate Release


Chaffey College is partnering with the Chino Airport to bring manufacturing careers to life for area middle school and high school students and teachers. The event is Friday, October 3, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chino Airport, 7000 Merrill Avenue, Chino CA 91710. Over 700 students from various middle schools and high schools in the area will meet with local manufacturers and engage in interesting, hands-on activities. Students will also visit the Chino Airport where they will meet with various businesses and tour the Planes of Fame Museum.

This is the second year Chaffey College is hosting this event, but the first opportunity to collaborate with the San Bernardino County Department of Airports. Vital Link, Inc. of Orange County is providing hands-on career exploration experiences for attendees. This demonstration highlights career paths related to Advanced Manufacturing and gives students the opportunity to learn about jobs in manufacturing and similar fields. Students will also explore a Boeing Satellite, use a 3D printer, drive robots, and create clean energy, etc.

Local manufacturers will interact with students and share information about their particular business/product and different careers available at their facility. They will also discuss education/training required to qualify for various positions enabling students to gain a greater understanding of the types of technology-driven manufacturing careers available in our area. Participating businesses include California Steel Industries of Fontana, Cott Beverages USA of Colton, Brithinee Electric of Colton, Nestle Waters, U.S. Industrial Tool & Supply Company of Gardena, Wetmore Tool & Engineering of Chino, AC Air Technology of Chino, Fighter Rebuilders of Chino, and Engineering for Kids of Norco.

Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the Chino Airport giving students the ability to meet with participating aviation partners including: Advantage Avionics, Yanks Air Museum, Southern California Edison - Aircraft Operations of Chino, Navion Customs, AeroTrader, Century Paint, and Planes of Fame Air Museum.

Manufacturing Day is sponsored by Chaffey College's CTE Community Collaborative Grant and the California Community College Chancellor "Doing What Matters" Campaign.

What is Manufacturing Day?

Manufacturing Day is an annual event hosted on the first Friday of October, it 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:

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).

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