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Clarkson hosting forum on National Manufacturing Day

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POTSDAM - Clarkson University will host a forum to celebrate National Manufacturing Day Friday.

The event will take place in the Barben Rooms in the Cheel Campus Center beginning at 9 a.m.

The morning session will feature expert presentations by Alcoa, Corning, and Potters Industries as well as the Canino School of Engineering Technology at SUNY Canton. Bill Murray of CITEC will also present an overview of the state of manufacturing in the United States. The expert presentations will focus on the importance of manufacturing, the skills needed to support it, and programs to address those needs.

The event will culminate with a tour of Curran Renewable Energies.

“Manufacturing Day is an ideal time to shift the perception of manufacturing and to showcase the career opportunities manufacturing has to offer,” said Mr. Murray, executive director of CITEC Business Solutions, which works with small and mid-sized manufacturers across the U.S. under the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program.

MEP is one of the national event partners.

Manufacturing Day Events are especially designed for middle- and high-school educators, guidance counselors, technology teachers, students and their parents. It will introduce the safe, innovative work environments that await the students who pursue manufacturing careers and identify strategies to prepare for success.

Studies by the nonprofit Manufacturing Institute and others show that almost 80 percent of Americans believe manufacturing is vital to our economic prosperity, standard of living and national security. Yet only 30 percent would encourage their children to go into manufacturing as a career.

Alcoa is generously sponsoring the event. Other partners include CITEC Business Solutions, Clarkson University, North Country STEM Learning Network, St. Lawrence County IDA, and the St. Lawrence County Workforce Investment Board.

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