VGCC invites community to Manufacturing Day


Vance-Granville Community College will hold a “Manufacturing Day” celebration on Friday, Oct. 7, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County. The public is invited to attend and to learn more about manufacturing and related careers.

Local manufacturers and equipment vendors will provide demonstrations and information highlighting their products and their employment opportunities. Attendees will learn about career options in the region’s industries and the technical skills required to succeed in such careers. Participants are set to include Altec of Creedmoor, Asteelflash of Raleigh, Delhaize America/Food Lion Distribution Center of Butner, Dill Air Controls Products of Oxford, Eaton of Youngsville, Glen Raven of Norlina, Ideal Fastener of Oxford, K-Flex USA of Youngsville, Mars Petcare of Henderson, Novozymes of Franklinton, Plastic Ingenuity of Oxford, Revlon of Oxford, Robling Medical of Youngsville, Shalag of Oxford, Staffmark of Henderson, Stay Online of Creedmoor, Superior Tooling of Wake Forest, TFS of Wake Forest, Universal Forest Products of Franklinton, and the North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program.

Representatives of VGCC technical programs, including those that provide education and training related to advanced manufacturing, will also be on hand. These include curriculum programs in Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology, Automotive Systems Technology, Bioprocess Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Engineering Technology and Welding Technology. VGCC’s Admissions and Financial Aid departments will also have representatives there.

Event organizers hope to develop a pipeline of highly trained and skilled employees. “VGCC and industry partners are working together to address the skills gap, connect with future generations, and educate them about the outstanding opportunities that manufacturing careers can provide,” said Ken Wilson, project manager for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant at VGCC, which supports advanced manufacturing training.

The VGCC event is one of many across the country celebrating National Manufacturing Day (also known as “MFG Day”) on Oct. 7. The annual observance was established by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

For more information, contact VGCC Academic & Career Coach Tiffani Polk at polkt@vgcc.edu or (252) 738-3291.

Image Information: Todd Wemyss, site manager for Glen Raven in Norlina, speaks to local students during the Manufacturing Day event at VGCC in 2015. (VGCC photo)