September 27, 2016
Innovative products, good companies and satisfying jobs that pay well are making manufacturing cool again. South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions is spreading the word about all the employment opportunities in the reinvigorated field. One of the tools MTS is using is a new video contest designed to help make students and their parents more aware of jobs in manufacturing.
Eighth-graders in nine schools in the Sioux Falls area are participating in the inaugural “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” contest. The participating schools are: Tea, Baltic, Mount Vernon, Parker, Edison (Sioux Falls), Deuel, Tri-Valley, Harrisburg and West Central.
“We’re trying to change outdated perspectives that students and parents might have about manufacturing, and create more awareness about the reality of modern manufacturing jobs and how well they pay.” said Sara Byre, marketing manager for the MTS office in Sioux Falls. “We want to inspire the next generation of the state’s workforce to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and then consider a career in manufacturing,” she said.