Students learn career opportunities in the trades industry
Industry Days at the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) is showing students career opportunities in the trades industry.
“I’ve learned there are a lot of positions within a company. You can be a designer, manager or engineer, and use the skills we are learning here (at the MiLL),” said Lizzy Houtz, freshmen at Widefield High School.
Around 300 students met with employers from 19 local companies and two out-of-state companies at the MilLL to learn about the number of jobs involved in the trades industry and the nationwide need to fill those jobs.
“We are trying to reach students early to let them know about job opportunities in our industry,” said Tricia Parenti, assistant project manager with Parenti & Raffaelli, LTD.
The high-end custom millwork company based out of Chicago and Mission Bell Manufacturing out of California are traveling to events like Industry Days to interact with the younger generation and let them know there are jobs waiting for them after high school.
“Every kid is different and not all of them want to go to college,” said Jessica Lister of Mission Bell. “Students who don’t want to go to college could easily find full-time work with high-paying jobs if they go to trade schools.”
The MiLL houses a manufacturing and construction program for high school students that gives students the opportunity to earn industry certifications to help them to be hired after high school.
For more information call (719) 391-3595.