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2017 Manufacturing Day by the Numbers

Monday, December 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
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Now in its fifth year, Michigan Manufacturing Day serves as a platform to expose Mid-Michigan students to careers in the manufacturing industry. On October 6, K-12 students from more than 20 schools visited and engaged with leaders in the manufacturing industry about the diverse and innovative opportunities in fields such as green energy, modern robotics, biotechnology, engineering and many more. A special thanks to Michelle Cordano with the Capital Area Manufacturing Council for her vision and leadership in developing, executing and growing this initiative into what it is today!

Manufacturing Day Opens Eyes and Career Pathways

My name is Schyanne Roberts and I grew up as the oldest child of three. Growing up, I lived in many different towns in my lifetime. I dropped out of school approximately three years ago and have since been a single mom trying to earn my GED. I have a one-year old son and he’s the love of my life. I was a young lady that got pregnant at the age of eighteen and had him at nineteen. I began working on my GED a year ago and have passed my math test.

When I was invited to go on the Manufacturing Day visits to Capital Steel and Wire and the Lansing Community College (LCC) West Campus, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go. I thought it was more of a man’s career, but my friends in class encouraged me to go. I was able to see and try many manufacturing projects such as wire welding and some robotics work at LCC. I tried to really involve myself in wire welding because a few of my family members are welders. I was able to perform a wire weld of my choice on a metal square and I chose to weld my son’s name, Braxton. I never thought in my lifetime that I’d ever have the capability of doing something like this. My grandpa, who is a retired welder, inspired me as a young girl growing up. Unfortunately, we are no longer as close as we once were. Once I knew I was going to do welding, I put it on Facebook as I wanted to show him my work, hoping to get his feedback. That next day, he had written on the picture I posted telling me how well I did.

Manufacturing Day made me realize that the manufacturing industry isn’t about what gender you are. What matters are the skills and abilities you bring to your career. I was so excited to show my work to everyone that day. I’m grateful I was able to attend the trip. I also want to thank the manufacturing team at Capital Steel and Wire and Lansing Community College West Campus for giving us this wonderful experience.

Schyanne plans to finish her GED this spring and graduate in May 2018. Her future plans include exploring careers in robotics, welding and office management.

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