BCC Hosts Manufacturing Day; Introduces Career Opportunities
When it comes to career opportunities in the manufacturing industry, Brunswick County has more to offer than ever before. A group of high school juniors and seniors learned that first-hand during Manufacturing Day on Thursday, October 28. Sponsored by Brunswick Community College (BCC), the event is all about raising awareness and educating students about manufacturing and the demand for skilled workers to fill the many diverse, rewarding, and well-paying jobs available locally.
Students began the day with tours of HSM Machine Works Inc., Pacon Manufacturing, and Flow Sciences, before visiting BCC’s Leland Center and learning more about the Machine Technology Program it offers. Vice President Greg Bland shared the following with students:
“We want every student to know that Brunswick County has exciting career opportunities in production, manufacturing, machining, metal working, and quality inspection. These careers provide family sustaining wages and room for advancement. Brunswick Community College has the right training, certifications, and work-based learning opportunities that open the doors of opportunity quickly! Registration fees, supplies, and certification can be covered through WIOA or by applying for the Retrain, Retool, Learn a New Skill scholarship fund.”
North Brunswick High School senior, Nathaniel Fairfax was excited about what he discovered. “I’ve lived here my whole life and had no idea these businesses were right up the street,” he said. “I toured a company that makes disinfecting wipes, which was cool. The day definitely piqued my interest and made me want to learn more about both the companies and the classes available to help me succeed.” The same was true for Jacob Scott, a junior at South Brunswick High School. “Now that I know what’s out there, I’m ready to start,” he said. “When I first moved here, I didn’t think much was going on, but now I know that manufacturing is growing quickly, especially in Leland. I want to attend BCC and like the fact that they want people who live here to stay. There is nothing wrong with living and working near your hometown.”
To learn more about BCC’s Machine Technology and other Workforce Development courses, visit our website or call VP Greg Bland at 910-755-7374.