BATESVILLE, Ind., June 26, 2017—Approximately 40 local 7th – 9th grade students attended the second annual Southeast Indiana Manufacturing Camp week sponsored by Batesville Casket, Batesville School Corporation, Batesville Tool & Die, Genesis: Pathways to Success, Heartwood Manufacturing, Hillenbrand, Hill-Rom, Ivy Tech Community College and Wood-Mizer.
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, manufacturing is one of the state’s four areas of critical need. The Manufacturing Camp was designed to address workforce at a local level and help develop the manufacturing workforce pipeline. The number of students who participated in this year’s camp doubled from last year.
“It is very encouraging to see this rising interest in manufacturing among local students,” said Chris Trainor, President of Batesville Casket. “Our people are our greatest asset, and having the opportunity to cultivate and nurture future talent at this early age is great for our company and our community.”
The Manufacturing Camp accommodated students attending for the first time, as well as returning campers from last year. Participating companies planned a variety of different activities ranging from creating safety posters in a “safety scavenger hunt” at Batesville Tool & Die to improving group problem-solving skills during a Lego activity at Wood-Mizer.
At Hillenbrand’s Corporate Center, campers had the opportunity to discuss manufacturing and future career options with Hillenbrand and Batesville Casket executives over lunch. The students were challenged with a project that partnered with Project T3, a local non-profit that provides school supplies to needy kids and overnight bags to foster children. The campers had to design a production line to pack the backpacks and apply critical thinking to overcome every day obstacles to continue production. The camp kids assembled nearly 600 backpacks that will be delivered to families in need in 16 counties prior to the school year.
"Career exploration is so important in middle and high school,” said Cheryll Obendorf, Executive Director for Genesis: Pathways to Success. “That's why we are thrilled to offer this camp where students can learn the skills needed to succeed. There are multiple opportunities right here in Ripley County, and we are excited to partner with local companies so that students can explore the many career choices in advanced manufacturing."
Currently, Hillenbrand and other local manufacturing businesses are being lauded as leaders in workforce development practices. Hillenbrand provides opportunities from pre-k to post-college to boost interest in manufacturing and logistics. For more information, visit Hillenbrand Workforce Development.
Hillenbrand (www.Hillenbrand.com) is a global diversified industrial company with multiple market-leading brands that serve a wide variety of industries across the globe. We pursue profitable growth and robust cash generation driving increased value for our shareholders. Hillenbrand’s portfolio is composed of two business segments: the Process Equipment Group and Batesville. The Process Equipment Group businesses design, develop, manufacture and service highly engineered industrial equipment around the world. Batesville is a recognized leader in the North American death care industry. Hillenbrand is publicly traded on the NYSE under “HI.”
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