Exposing young students to the benefits of manufacturing jobs

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. October is manufacturing month and over the state of Nebraska, there is a shortage.

Minatare and Bayard students will visit B&C Steel, Scottsbluff will visit CS Precision, Gering students will visit Scottsbluff Industries and Leyton, Garden County and Banner County will visit Murphy Tractor and Equipment. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

To help fix the shortage, students from Gering, Minatare, Bayard, Scottsbluff, Leyton, Garden County and Banner County schools are meeting with local manufacturers, hearing from experts in the field and receiving tours of their facilities.

Minatare and Bayard students will visit B&C Steel, Scottsbluff will visit CS Precision, Gering students will visit Scottsbluff Industries and Leyton, Garden County and Banner County will visit Murphy Tractor and Equipment.

“The idea of today is to start exposing our young people to the career path that are available to them at manufacturing,” said Mike Foley, Nebraska Lieutenant Governor. “There are some great jobs out there in fields they have never thought of.”

As of right now, there are thousands of manufacturing jobs available across the state.

Nebraska is very well known for Agriculture with manufacturing being the second premier industry within the state.

100,000 Nebraskans are currently employed in manufacturing related jobs bringing in $13 billion for our economy.

These manufacturers are building lawnmowers, jet skis, subway cars, Ag equipment and tons more.

Students are not required to have a four year degree if they are interested in manufacturing.

Interested workforce allows internships, apprenticeships, Development Youth Talent Initiatives, community college degrees and on the job training.

“With these companies begging for workforce right now, workforce is going to be a very challenging for our country over the next 20 or so years,” explained Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley. “As people began to realize, there are some great jobs there and many right here in Nebraska in good companies. They will take advantage of that and have a great career path with good incomes.”

Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley has cancelled his trips in Chadron, Hemingford and Alliance due to the prediction of snow.