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Manufacturing Week connects with industry; Oct. 1-5 

Oakland Schools to host events leading up to Manufacturing Day

Administrators, parents and students in Oakland County will all have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the manufacturing industry, thanks to Oakland Schools starting a new initiative called Manufacturing Week.
 
Manufacturing Week will run from Oct 1 to Oct. 5. Throughout the week, Oakland Schools has set up various experiences with local manufacturing companies which will allow administrators, teachers and the local community to directly engage with the industry. The week will culminate with Manufacturing Day, on Oct. 5.

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Manufacturing Day was started in 2012 with a goal of encouraging manufacturing companies to open their doors to students, allowing them to get a firsthand look at the industry and eliminate common misconceptions about what it means to work in the field.
 
“There recently has been a big push to educate students about opportunities available in career tech education,” said Tammy Brown-Williams, Career Focused Education supervisor at Oakland Schools. “However, our educators and administrators also need to share in these teaching moments so they can bring their experiences back to the students, enhancing their overall learning experiences.”

Oakland Schools will host the following events: 

Administrators in Industry
Tuesday, Oct. 2 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
American Axle Manufacturing - Metal Forming
Auburn Hills, MI

Administrators from districts throughout Oakland County will have an opportunity to connect with employers to explore career trends and ways to connect classroom content to the work world.  
 
Industry partner American Axle Manufacturing (AAM) will provide administrators a company overview, a tour of their forging and machining facility, and a panel discussion comprised of various company employees. Participants will gain an understanding of the various career opportunities within industry as well as what industry is looking for from students.
 
Administrators will be encouraged to develop ongoing partnerships with AAM as well as other industry partners to strengthen the educational programs within their districts.
 
Family Night in Industry - Advanced Manufacturing
Tuesday, Oct. 2 - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
American Axle Manufacturing - Metal Forming
Auburn Hills, MI

Family Night in Industry offers an opportunity for parents to connect with industry partners within Oakland County. These industry partners will share career trends and opportunities to help students and parents develop an accurate picture of today’s world of manufacturing. Parents may have a perception that manufacturing jobs have limited growth, requiring little skill while working in a dark and dirty environment.

This Family Night in Industry event will display the high-skill, high-wage and high-demand career opportunities within advanced manufacturing to dispel any possible myths. Industry partner American Axle Manufacturing (AAM) will provide administrators a company overview, a tour of their forging and machining facility and a panel discussion comprised of various company employees.
 
MAT2 Overview at Brose
Thursday, Oct. 4 – 9 a.m. to noon
Brose Engineering
Auburn Hills, MI

Students will have the opportunity to visit and learn about the MAT2 Apprenticeship program at Brose Engineering. The MAT2 Brose overview highlights the partnership between Brose and their partner post-secondary institutions and gives high school seniors an opportunity to experience the “learn to earn” German apprenticeship model by touring the Brose facility, participating in a question and answer session with current students and engage in a technical activity.

In the MAT2 program, students complete a mechatronics technician or technical product designer degree while receiving paid tuition, a weekly stipend while in school and an hourly wage while working at Brose. In addition, the student is guaranteed a job for two years after graduation.