Made in Faribault Day held Oct. 16

Made in Faribault Day held Oct. 16
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Faribault Public Schools Service Learning, The Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, and South Central College  once again partnered to host the fourth-annual Made in Faribault Day Oct. 16.

As in years past, the event offered students from the Area Learning Center and select students from Faribault High School opportunities to tour the South Central College campus and get a first-hand look at how local manufacturing businesses operate. New this year was the addition of a morning jobs fair, which gave students the chance to learn more about what another 30 local businesses have to offer.

“In conversations with the chamber, we wanted to get different industries involved and we already had this date for Made in Faribault Day, so we thought it would be a great fit,” district Service Learning Coordinator Brian Coleman said. “This gives students the opportunity to talk to businesses outside of manufacturing. Now we’ll be covering the whole career wheel - business, healthcare, manufacturing - everything.”

Students spent the morning at South Central College, with some groups visiting the jobs fair while others tour the college’s manufacturing labs, which includes specialized areas for welding, mechatronics, machining, and construction.

“This will let students know about different opportunities that exist across sectors that they may not have been aware of,” Coleman said. “A lot of times they may drive by these businesses and they don’t even know what’s going on inside. This gives them the opportunity to talk to someone who works there and learn about what types of careers are available.”

Coleman said exposing students to the facilities at SCC can spark an interest they didn’t know they had.

“Last year the students were able to do some things with machining and play with some gadgets. It helps them see if they might have in interest in those types of things and what a career in that field might look like,” he said.

Students got an even closer look at the manufacturing field in the afternoon when they toured six local businesses: Tru Vue, Mercury Minnesota, Jennie-O, MRG Tool and Die, K&G Manufacturing, and Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

“The biggest thing is for kids to realize that these things are being manufactured here in Faribault. MRG is making helicopter doors and motorcycle tanks, different pieces of the Dodge Charger. It gives them a sense of pride, and I think it shows them what manufacturing is, compared to what they might have thought it looked like,” Coleman said. “It lets them know that there are a lot of opportunities for them right in their own backyard.”

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