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Area businesses teach Wickliffe, Perry, Riverside educators about advanced manufacturing

Tawana Roberts | The News-Herald

A group of educators from Wickliffe, Perry and Riverside schools received a lesson on advanced manufacturing from area businesses.

Recently, 13 local educators toured Lincoln Electric, Component Repair Technologies and Avery Dennison to learn about the available opportunities and skills required for students who are interested in pursuing manufacturing careers.

This program, organized by Wickliffe Schools Director of Strategic Innovation Julie Ramos, was designed to educate the educator, so they will be more informed when helping students with career exploration.

Ramos invited other districts to participate.

“Part of the Wickliffe Schools strategic plan is to engage students and staff in experiences that help them grow as leaders and community servants,” Ramos said. “Our goal through this project is to help our staff understand the career opportunities, so they can help students in becoming focused and more successful in school and in their lives beyond their school experience.”

In addition to discussing career opportunities, each company taught the educators about advanced manufacturing tools and techniques including 3-D printing, programming, coding and precision machinery.

Wickliffe Schools Superintendent Joseph Spiccia said he has received an overwhelming positive response.

“The tour helped me better understand the importance of manufacturing and how it presents excellent career options for young people,” said Wickliffe Middle School teacher Sarah Dardis. “I was impressed with the many great opportunities available to students right in Lake County.”

According to The Alliance for Working Together, an organization committed to raising awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, manufacturing continues to be a driving force behind the region’s economy as activity transitions from traditional to advanced manufacturing.

Spiccia said this is an ongoing program and during the next school year, more educators will take informational tours to different area business.

His hope is that all middle and high school teachers and counselors will receive this innovative hands-on experience.