Not every high school graduate will go to college. But what options are there for those who don’t?
All across the country, high schools, including Joplin High School, took part in an event called Manufacturing Day. Which gives high school students not planning on college a glimpse into their possible future.
“So why is an event like this important, well there are an estimated 800 manufacturing openings in the Joplin community right now?”
“To bring awareness to the high school students here in the greater Joplin area about the careers and the diverse career opportunities there are in the manufacturing industries,” says Erin Slifka, with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.
“I think it’s really important because a lot of the stuff in the 80’s went to China and that’s one of the goals is to get some of the manufacturing back into the U.S.,” says Rick Monson, President, EZ Sharp Tools.
“They may have a certain thought of what they think manufacturing is and it can be a lot of different things so this gives them a chance to explore that, take a look at it as an option for a career because we have an aging workforce that there’s more people going out than there are coming in,” says Dave Rockers, Franklin Tech Center Director.
“The average age for someone in this industry is 52,” says Rick Monson.
Not only can students see what’s out there for them after graduation, they can also see what options await them starting in their junior year at Franklin Tech. Sophomore James Katzfey plans on having at least one certificate by the time he leaves Joplin High.
“It’s not a nine dollar an hour job, some start at $18 dollars an hour, so after high school if they don’t want to go get a diploma, they can go learn how to do hands on and make money,” says James Katzfey.