Thursday, October 13, 2016

Manufacturing Field Trip

On Wednesday, October 12, several Uxbridge students, accompanied by technology education teacher Mr. Hennessy and guidance counselor Ms. Hampton, attended a field trip sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation. About ten students were provided the opportunity to visit with three manufacturing companies in the Blackstone Valley, learning about the skills required to be successful in those environments, the type of work the companies do, and the ideal candidates they look for in prospective applicants.

Some of the quotes from the students:

(Interstate Specialty) "Amazing company and people. They all had great ideas, everyone has input, and it's an awesome environment."
(Package Steel) "I liked how hands on it was. Very nice workers."
(Lampin) "I liked how it was owned by the employees, and how there was a retirement fund."
(Interstate Specialty) "I like the machinery and the atmosphere. I would like to possibly have an internship for this company one day."

The program is coordinated by the Blackstone Valley Educational Foundation in conjunction with the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce. October is Manufacturing Month, enabling schools to visit manufacturing firms with students, specifically focusing on post-secondary opportunities. Uxbridge High School was the first school to participate in this programming this year, and is hoping to host a career day for juniors later this year, again in collaboration with the BVEF and BVCC. When the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce began this program three years ago, the primary objective was to aid manufacturers who are lacking a skilled workforce. We at UHS were happy to assist toward that goal!

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