Manufacturing Day celebrated Oct. 5

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To attract students to highly paid, in-demand manufacturing careers, Sierra College is collaborating with businesses, high schools, Placer County and local cities to celebrate Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5 and throughout the month. Businesses across the nation are hosting Manufacturing Day ( events to promote manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy.

Progressive Technology Inc. (, a Rocklin–based ceramics manufacturer that makes transparent Sapphire Orthodontic Braces and components for the Aerospace, Dental, Medical, Automotive, Laser, Electronics and Analytical equipment industries, will welcome Rocklin High School Engineering Support Technology students on a tour later in October.

According to Carol Rogers, vice president, Progressive Technology Inc. is participating because students are unaware of the interesting work in product development and manufacturing.

“Manufacturing today is a highly skilled, technical career where employees work on a variety of intriguing assignments throughout the day,” Rogers said. “We hope by offering tours, all students, especially girls, become aware that working in this industry can be very satisfying and well paid.”

Other local manufacturers are hosting similar tours:

Oct. 3 – Sierra Pacific Industries hosted Colfax High School Project Lead The Way

Oct. 18 – Harris & Bruno hosts Rocklin High School Engineering Support Technology program

Nov. 5 – RobbJack Corp. hosts Rocklin High School Engineering Support Technology program

Nov. 28 – Harris & Bruno hosts Oakmont High School Design Tech IB program

Carol Pepper-Kittredge, director, Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, helped facilitate the tours.

“Students are inspired when they see appealing work environments and hear about interesting projects from employees,” Pepper-Kittredge said. “Our goal is to give students a memorable experience that motivates them to pursue mechatronics, welding, engineering or drafting and engineering support at Sierra College and acquire the skills needed to work for local manufacturers.”

“Local high schools are offering excellent career technical education courses where students are exposed to design, drafting and fabrication using industry 3D design software and manufacturing tools,” Pepper-Kittredge added. “The tours make manufacturers aware that students are earning welding industry certifications, making robotic projects, programming CNC equipment and producing amazing designs.”

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed Oct. 5 as Manufacturers Day, explained Dave Snyder, economic development director.

“There are approximately 270 manufacturers in Placer County, with an annual payroll of $547 million that employ more than 7,000 residents,” Snyder said. “The Placer County Economic Development Board is hosting the 2012 Manufacturers Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to bring together manufacturers and elected officials.”

The city of Roseville, city of Auburn, city of Colfax and town of Loomis have also proclaimed Oct. 5 as Manufacturing Day.

The Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies serves manufacturers and technology companies with customized training and technical support; provides entrepreneurs with access to rapid prototyping and other manufacturing technologies; and supports career technical education programs in manufacturing and product development, engineering and design pathways at the high school and college level. Additional information is available at, or contact Pepper-Kittredge at 660-7801or