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Career & Tech Ed Students, Staff Celebrate Manufacturing Month

Students visit manufacturing business

Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 celebrated Manufacturing Month in October with several different activities to raise awareness about these in-demand careers.

Austen Luedtke, D 200 Manufacturing Teacher explained why it’s a great time to start learning about jobs in the manufacturing industry, and how modern manufacturing looks much different than many picture it.

“Skilled workers in manufacturing are looking to retire and the industry needs the next generation to step up to the plate. Now, more than ever, we need our youth to open their eyes to a possible career in manufacturing,” Luedtke said.

“These careers aren’t dark and dirty. They are bright and clean … advanced and computerized as well as fun and lucrative. I hope my manufacturing classes will help close this skills gap,” he added.

To kick off the month, a display was set up at Woodstock High School to showcase different projects that students could create in the Metals and Dual Credit Intro to Manufacturing classes.  Students are also encouraged to select their own projects. Some options students chose included rings, belt buckles, and fidgets. 

Manufacturing Month wrapped up Friday, Oct. 29 with a trip to Wm. Kline & Co. Inc. in Woodstock where students met with Marc and Tami Emricson to learn more about what their company that produces injection molds and machine parts does and how it operates.