Thirty-seven eight grade students from Furman Middle School attended the first Manufacturing and Technology Expo, on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Central Carolina Technical College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center, at 853 Broad St. They were greeted by representatives of 22 regional manufacturing and technology firms who shared information with students that a four-year degree isn’t the only pathway to success.

The students got to see and participate in interactive displays and exhibits during an industrial fair, take part in a tour of various Central Carolina Technical College course programs, listen to career and motivational speakers and even play a manufacturing-related game along the way.

Manufacturing careers pay excellent wages and are filled with technology and robotics. They are different from some of the less attractive and often-dirty traditional plant jobs of the past.

Comments from two of our students:

Dalton Hodge was impressed with Thompson’s display. “Today, I learned about everything to do with welding, like the new helmets they use and why they use them to really protect your eyes,” Hodge said.

Tia Follin wants to pursue a health-care career after school and was impressed with Palmetto Health Tuomey’s display. “I learned how they help people and different jobs in the nursing field,” Follin said.