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With manufacturing being one of the largest career fields in Stephens County, Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation used Friday’s Manufacturing Day as a way to spark interests for some Duncan students.
Duncan Middle School eighth-graders listened to guest speakers from manufacturing facilities around Stephens County talk about the industry. The program was used to get students thinking about a career in manufacturing as a possibility.
Jeannie Bowden, Business & Industry Development coordinator, with Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, said Manufacturing Day tied into the Career Pathways initiative, which works to make the connection between what is taught in school and various careers.
Students were given notecards to make this connection.
“They had to write down three things that relate to something they’ve learned in class, science and math classes in particular,” Bowden said.
DMS eighth-graders Caden Bowles and Drew McReynolds said they learned quite a bit about careers in manufacturing from the presentation and videos shown. Each said the information they learned could be used for various career paths they might be interested in.
Bowles said he is interested in medical and engineering fields, especially focused on a career in biomedical engineering.
He said the introduction to manufacturing gave him more insight into other career paths.
“It gave me a head start on what I want to think about for a career,” he said. “I learned some new things.”
McReynolds said he learned about the use of electronics and the ability rebuild what is broken.
Although Friday’s program did focus on manufacturing, Bowden said DAEDF plans to introduce Duncan students to the health field later this year.
“Health careers are the No. 2 employers in our community,” Bowden said.