Local high school students discovered a few things they can “make” out of their academic careers this week when College of the Canyons and the Hart High School District, together with the city of Santa Clarita and the SCV Economic Development Corp., hosted their first event centered around National Manufacturing Day.
“The whole goal is to get them exposed because most people don’t know about these great jobs,” said Kristin Houser, dean of Career Technical Education at COC. “They’re wonderful jobs and people don’t know about them.”
National Manufacturing Day was held around the United States Friday, with more than 1,500 events planned, Houser said. The events are being held to make people more aware of what is happening in the manufacturing industry today.
“This is an opportunity for these kids to realize where their careers could take them — in advanced manufacturing and all of the computer programming, robotics and engineering,” Sue Reynolds, career development coordinator for the Hart District. “This is preparation that can take them into really strong careers. Not entry-level careers, really strong careers.”
COC welding and engineering professors and faculty presented different workshops showing the different classes and internships that are offered by the college as well as different opportunities in career fields in the Santa Clarita Valley.
“This is part of all of our Career Technical Education programs in the future,” said Mariane Asad Doyle, career technical education administrator for the Hart District. “Having students go out and have field trips to industry as well as job shadowing at the lower levels and providing internships as they go into their senior year.”
The event began Thursday with a panel, open to the public, of local professionals in the manufacturing industry.
The event continued through Friday where more than 120 students from Saugus High School, Canyon High School, Hart High School, Valencia High School and West Ranch High School were able to tour local manufacturing businesses including Aerospace Dynamics International (ADI) and Boston Scientific among others.
After the tours, the students went to COC to participate in the workshops.
“This has been such an emerging market in the past five, 10 years,” said Saugus High Assistant Principal Diane Hamburger. “So many new careers have been developed because of new technologies and it’s important to expose our students to that — to the new careers that they may not have heard of.”
At the workshops, students were able to see laser welders, plasma cutters, advanced bionics, a Raspberry Pi, a FANUC robot and other tools provided by the college.
Officials from COC, Hart district, Santa Clarita Economic Development Corporation, city of Santa Clarita and the COC Economic Development department came together to put on the event.
Castaic Union School District (CUSD) was excited to welcome their Transitional Kindergarten-2nd grade students back to in-person instruction on Monday at Castaic Elementary, Live Oak Elementary, and Northlake Hills Elementary schools.
Students in grades seven through 12 can’t yet return to school in Los Angeles County, but William S. Hart Union High School District board members want county and state officials to prioritize the vaccination of educators to prepare for reopening.
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Monday the release of grading guidelines that address assessing student progress and the ongoing issue of equity in distance and hybrid learning environments.
During a special one-hour board meeting Thursday night, the Saugus Union School District’s governing board voted to begin the process of bringing the majority of the district’s students back to their elementary school classrooms for in-person instruction.
During another informational session Wednesday on the Hart High School Indians mascot, the William S. Hart Union High School District’s board heard from a representative of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians.
The Sand Canyon Resort project is scheduled to return before the Santa Clarita Planning Commission Tuesday with a series of revisions, following multiple concerns raised by both commissioners and residents.
The Valley Industry Association will welcome College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook as the keynote speaker for the March VIA Virtual Series taking place Tuesday, March 16, from 11:00 a.m to 12:15 p.m.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced a new round of extensions for commercial driver’s licenses expiring through May 31 that will help commercial drivers focus on delivering essential products and supplies during the COVID-19 emergency.
The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) announced Thursday the upcoming launch of the Los Angeles Online Dispute Resolution (LA-ODR) program, in collaboration with the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County and its Dispute Resolution Program (DRP), and the Center for Conflict Resolution.
Santa Clarita City Council members declined Tuesday to administer $6.8 million in state rental assistance funds for eligible residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and let the state handle those dollars but approved creating a program for them with $6.3 million from the federal government.