Area business leaders, Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School (Clean Tech ECHS) students and teachers attended the Business & Education Breakfast and Millennials in Manufacturing panel discussion on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART in Malta. The event was sponsored by the Workforce Development Institute (WDI). The panel discussion was a great opportunity for students to hear from young professionals making an impact in manufacturing and learn about the day in the life of a manufacturer. Panelists shared their stories as it relates to manufacturing and innovation and offered advice to students interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing. Other topics discussed included new manufacturing technologies, the maker culture, workforce needs and career pathways. The panel discussion was moderated by Amber Mooney, Industry Engagement Manager, FuzeHub. The panel included: Erica Iannotti, Project Manager, Innovation Capacity & Business Development, NYSERDA; William Jordan, Applications Engineer, Applied Robotics, Inc.; Morgan Pakatar, Plating Process Technician, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Clean Tech ECHS Alumna; and Stephen Zavos, Mechanical Project Engineer, Simmons Machine Tool Corporation.