The theme of this year’s Starke County Economic Development Foundation’s Manufacturer’s Day is “Focus on Your Future”. Students from Oregon-Davis, North Judson-San Pierre, Culver and Knox Community Schools will attend today’s event at Knox Middle School with their sights set on future employment.
More than 350 7th grade students and 200 senior students are anticipated to attend the program which is intended to ensure that students are aware of the available job opportunities within the county and the required skills, training and education needed to obtain a position and keep it.
Representatives from more than ten industries from around the county will be available to share any details about what their jobs entail and what they look for in potential employees.
The fifth annual Manufacturer’s Day commences at 11:10 a.m. with an invocation done by WKVI’s morning show host Charlie Adams and a lunch that will last until approximately 11:30 a.m. During the lunch, Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charles Weaver will provide an introductory speech that will welcome individuals and thank sponsors.
His speech will be followed up by the Foundation’s Administrative Assistant Lisa Dan explaining the purpose of Manufacturer’s Day. A letter from Senator Donnelly will be read by one of his representatives. The featured keynote speaker is the President of Traffic Control Specialists Tracey Triska.
After Triska’s presentation, Executive Director Weaver will announce the Hamilton Award Winner and present the award. The event should wrap up around 12:10 p.m.
Students will walk away with a better understanding of the county’s economic opportunities as well as a “goodie bag” that will include items for them to take home based on the theme, as well as a brochure which highlights the Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning (SCILL) and each of the featured industries.