CTE Classes Celebrate Manufacturing and Innovation

Manufacturing Day


On Wednesday afternoon, October 2, New Finish, welcomed students from South Stanly High School’s trade and industrial classes (Robotics, Electronics, and Carpentry). Students were exposed to the various opportunities available with this global leader of powder and liquid coatings, and sand blastings. Sporting protective eyewear and earplugs, student tours were conducted through a concrete maze of pathways and automated machines to witness the sights, smells and sounds of local skilled American manufacturing. Students patiently watched slow-moving assembly lines as automotive parts were sprayed with New Finish products like the new radar deflecting coating, or dipped into finishing tanks with robotic arms. And, students stood by as forklift drivers cautiously stacked bright red Honda snowblowers ready to be shipped around the world.   

Stanly Community College (SCC) hosted students in the morning to tour their advanced manufacturing facility where they can obtain certificates and degrees in HVAC, welding, collision and body repair, heavy equipment operation, PLC (programmable logic controllers), computer integrated machining. At the Whitley Technology Center they learned about program offerings for Information Technology, Cyber Security, Network Administration, Advertising and Graphic Design, Simulation and Game Development, and Biomedical Equipment Technology. 

Professors and administrators at SCC emphasized to students the urgent need to fill jobs and that SCC can help them to become employment ready either upon high school graduation or by furthering their post-secondary education. Students learned that many of the occupations SCC can prepare them for can start at $20 or more per hour. Professors shared many stories of successful graduates earning upwards of $100,000 per year just months after graduating from some of their programs. Surprising to many students was to learn about SCC’s Career and College Promise program where they can take many of these college courses for free while in high school! 

-submitted by Deanna Outen, Career Development Coordinator