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College Observes Career Day – Wanna Make Something of It?

Penn College was host Thursday to two events that brought hundreds of high school students to its campus. The college’s twice-annual Career Day, facilitated by the College Transitions Office, offered opportunities to learn more about potential careers and Penn College facilities while the visitors interacted with faculty and students. A joint “Innovation and Creativity at Work” event, sponsored in partnership with the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center,  helped to celebrate Manufacturing Month, providing high schoolers with local industry tours, Career Day activities in manufacturing-related labs, and a luncheon in the Thompson Professional Development Center that allowed them to devise, in 10 minutes, potential solutions to three local manufacturers’ real-world challenges. Leaders from each of the three companies – Ralph S. Alberts Co., Gilson Boards and Qortek – were on hand to present their problems and talk with the students as they worked in groups formulate ideas. The goal was to help high schoolers see that today’s manufacturing environment requires thinking, innovation and adaptation, as opposed to the outdated image of repetitive, assembly-line work.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue,
and Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies



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