On September 16, 2014, the Pasco-Hernando State College District Board of Trustees proclaimed their support of National Manufacturing Day to be observed on October 3, 2014. The proclamation recognizes the importance of local manufacturers within our community.
In observance of National Manufacturing Day, PHSC is partnering with local manufacturers to provide facilities tours to more than 300 middle and high school students in Pasco and Hernando counties on Friday, October 3, 2014. Participating schools include: Nature Coast Technical High School, Ridgewood High School and River Ridge High School, Bayonet Point Middle School, Charles S. Rushe Middle School, Chasco Middle School, and Crews Lake Middle School (K-8).
“Supporting this initiative highlights the value of manufacturing to Florida’s economy, supports manufacturers and educates students,” said Margie Burnham, project manager, Florida TRADE Grant program at PHSC.
Local companies will join others nationwide in opening their doors to demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and to foster interest in related careers. Hernando and Pasco County participants include: Accuform Signs, Alumi-Guard, American Aviation, Bay-Tech Industries, Cal-Marine Foods, Component General, Huff Carbide Tool, Intrepid Machine, Mary Lame Wrought Iron, Pharmaworks, Seaway Plastics, Southeast Bottling & Beverage Co., Sparton Electronics, Stainless Fabricators, Topline Energy Systems, and Zymöl.
Manufacturing Day is a growing movement dedicated to overcoming the shared challenges facing companies today, according to mfgday.com. The most pressing issue is a lack of skilled labor: 600,000 manufacturing jobs are currently unfilled in the United States due to a gap between the job requirements and the skills of those who are applying for them.
Photo caption: PHSC proclaims support for National Manufacturing Day, Friday, October 3, 2014. From left: Katherine Johnson, Ed.D, PHSC president; Leonard Johnson, PHSC district board of trustees chair; and Ed Goolsby, PHSC dean of workforce development.
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multicampus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.