Manufacturing Today introduces students to local manufacturers

By: Manufacturing Today introduces students to local manufacturers on Oct 10, 2016


Students from Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) tour the LyondellBasell facility during Manufacturing Today.

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services and the Jackson Chamber held Manufacturing Today, a Manufacturing Day 2016 event that introduced Jackson-area students and educators to local manufacturing.  Approximately 70 students were in attendance.

On Friday, October 7th, Manufacturing Today kicked-off during lunch at the West Tennessee Research & Education Center, followed by tours of local manufacturing industries. The goal of Manufacturing Today was to raise awareness about manufacturing job opportunities and the exceptional training options available.  The students got a glimpse into the atmosphere of a manufacturing plant. Students and educators came from schools across the Jackson area to learn what the manufacturing industry looks like today.

Becky White, LyondellBasell, speaks to students about today's manufacturing facts.

Becky White, site manager, LyondellBasell and Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry board member, spoke to the students about what manufacturing offers today and how it has changed over the years. “Manufacturing offers a variety of job opportunities and careers regardless of your interests,” says White. “These jobs provide a significant income to support a family.” 

Students from Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jackson, the Advanced Maintenance Technician Co-op Program at Jackson State Community College and Clarksburg High School learn more about manufacturing.

Considering how manufacturing job environments and necessary skill sets have changed quite drastically over the years, this event could open the eyes of students and educators to a career path they had not considered. Schools attending the event included Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jackson, the Advanced Maintenance Technician Co-op Program at Jackson State Community College and Clarksburg High School.

For more information about the event, contact Jackson Chamber’s Manager of Workforce Development, Vicki Bunch or call 423-2200.

About The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services:

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) is one of five units of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service. This institute is the non-agricultural public service arm of the university providing public service work to business and industry in Tennessee. 

UT CIS helps companies and communities succeed, grow and create high quality jobs by providing consulting, training and connecting services across the state.


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