Manufacture Alabama and Jobkeeper Alliance Host Workshop For 5,000 Students at JLDC Conference

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Over 5,000 middle and high school students attended the “You Have a Career Path in Manufacturing” workshop hosted by Manufacture Alabama and JobKeeper Alliance at the 2012 Joint Leadership Development Conference (JLDC).

The JLDC is an annual event sponsored by the Career and Technical Education (CTE) division of the Alabama Department of Education. The two-day conference focuses on preparing students for leadership, career, and postsecondary success.

Representatives from Manufacture Alabama member companies presented students with a program that expanded their understanding of modern manufacturing. During the workshop, students learned about careers that are directly related to the manufacturing process as well as careers that most people do not associate with manufacturing companies such as in-house healthcare professionals.

“This is our second year to host a workshop at the JLDC and we look forward to returning again next year,” Manufacture Alabama Director of External Affairs Blake Hardwich said. “This event gives us a chance to tell students about the rewarding and high-paying careers available at today’s high-tech manufacturing companies.”

JobKeeper Alliance, International Paper, and U.S. Steel sponsored the workshop. Representatives from GKN Westland Aerospace, Nucor Steel, RockTenn, and Toray Carbon Fiber spoke to students during the workshop.