For the second year in a row, Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) hosted an event to celebrate National Manufacturing Day.
On Friday, October 21, close to three-hundred people jammed LAVC’s Monarch Hall, (including 200 students from neighboring Birmingham, Cloud and Fire Youth Build, Monroe, Polytechnic and Van Nuys High Schools) to view exhibits and speak with representatives from a variety of manufacturing companies and educational programs.
Aero Jet Rocketdyne, Boeing/Spectrolab, Clarke Engineering, DW Drums, Kinetic Die Casting, Mastercam, Optical Zonu, Schrillo, United Precision Corporation and Verisurf were among the companies that wowed attendees with the technology involved in making their products. Business representatives were able to speak to students about the development, processes, and quality needed to be successful in the industry and urged event goers to consider pursuing well-paying careers in the field.
Also present were representatives from Cerritos College, College of the Canyons, North Valley Occupational Center (NVOC), LA Mission College, Pierce College, and Valley College on hand to speak with students about their varied programs in manufacturing including short-term vocational certificates, two-year, and transfer programs.
The highlight of the day was a motivating presentation by Congressman Tony Cardenas. The congressman, a huge proponent of growing manufacturing jobs in the San Fernando Valley, urged students to follow their dream by working hard and not allowing negative people to detract from of their goals. Students in the audience later were provided a chance win the opportunity to have “lunch with the congressman.”
Following the congressman was a diverse and well-seasoned panel of local manufacturers that included Paul Graham, president of the Schrillo Company in North Hills, Carmen Kernek, HR director at Avibank in North Hollywood, Juan Tovar, HR director at Klune Industries and Mike Hakonssan, sales manager at Acufast Aircraft Products in Sylmar. The panel fielded questions by moderator and director of workforce training at LAVC, Dr. Doug Marriott who kept the morning moving alone with questions relative and pertinent to obtaining and maintaining employment, and moving up the company ladder. Students were also presented an opportunity to ask the panel questions.
The program was sponsored by the Office of Congressman Tony Cardenas, Goodwill Industries of Southern CA, North Valley Occupational Center, LA Mission College, and Valley College.