Partners for Education and Business, Inc. (PEB) and The Manufacturers Association (MACNY) hosted students from across the Central New York area as part of the fourth annual Manufacturing Careers Day.  This event is one of 600 events happening nationally as part of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) ‘Manufacturing Day’.
 
The 4th Annual Manufacturing Careers Day event was held at Welch Allyn.  The day began with a welcome from Master of Ceremony Megan Coleman of CNY Central and featured a business leader panel and an education leader panel.  Superintendent Sharon Contreras participated on the education leader panel with Charles Bourgognoni, Executive Director of the CNY School Boards Association; Peter Tigh, Superintendent of the Lafayette Central School District; Dr. Casey Crabill, President of Onondaga Community College; and J. Francis Manning, District Superintendent of OCM BOCES. 
 
Also in attendance were special guests speakers NYS Regent Anthony Bottar, Vice Chancellor of the University of the State of New York and Dr. John B. King, Jr., Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York.
 
Students from several schools across the district attended the event including students from Frazer, Lincoln, Westside Academy at Blodgett, Roberts, Danforth, ELLMS, Clary, Grant, Huntington, H.W. Smith, Ed Smith, Nottingham/Henninger LPP & STEP Programs and Institute of Technology.
 
The SCSD, MACNY and OCC were also recognized for having recently been awarded the P-TECH grant.   The coalition was chosen as one of 16 winners in a statewide competition to form public-private partnerships that will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and health care.  Locally, the partnership will focus on advanced manufacturing and will impact more than 50 students each year for 6 years. The grant is valued at $2.8 million over seven years.
 
Students were given tours of Welch Allyn’s State of the Art facility.  The tours included the Welch Allyn Customer Experience Center, manufacturing, R&D, Supply Chain areas as well as a chance to see two local Robotics Teams.

To view photos from the day click here.