Pennsylvania company starts program to interest high school students in manufacturing

September 15, 2011

The future of all major industries rests, in large part, on the shoulders of the young people who plan to eventually join the workforce in various capacities. This fact is certainly applicable to the manufacturing sector. In response to this, the Latrobe, Pennsylvania-based industrial supply company Kennametal Inc. recently began an initiative to court the interest of high school students with a curiosity about the manufacturing industry.

The Young Engineers Program, which will begin later in September and continue for 15 weeks, will show 15 high school junior- and senior-level students from the Latrobe area the ins and outs of engineering and manufacturing in a hands-on manner. This workshop is the newest installment in a number of similar educational programs Kennametal sponsors elsewhere in the U.S.

Carlos Cardoso, the chairman, president and CEO of Kennametal, stated that the program had the potential to inspire its participants with the drive to become future leaders in the industry.

“As manufacturers, we have a responsibility to educate our young people about the exciting career opportunities in our industry and help build the manufacturing workforce of the future,” he said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that on the whole, employment in engineering is projected to grow by 11 percent from 2008 to 2018.

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