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National Manufacturing Day event to showcase Butler of Andover technology, CTE Division

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Published: Friday, September 11th, 2015

October 2 is National Manufacturing Day. As a participant, Butler Community College is hosting a free Career and Technical Education (CTE) Day at its Andover location on 715 E. 13th Street.

The event is designed to serve a dual purpose; to showcase technological career options to high school students and to demonstrate the state-of-the-art technology Butler students are using in various academic programs to area manufacturing company leaders and human resource professionals.  

The college in recent years has expanded the technology offerings at the 715 E. 13th Street location through its IT Institute and the implementation of a $2.7 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. This is the last year for the grant which is funded 100 percent through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program (TAACCCT). The Institute’s mission is to provide opportunities for Technical Trade Assistance (TAA)-eligible displaced workers and veterans to earn industry-recognized skills and to re-enter the workforce with certificates of completion and industry credentials.

“We have made so many technological enhancements that we think it’s important for manufacturing company leaders and recruiters to know what our students are learning and getting exposed to,” said Michelle Ruder, Associate Dean of Workforce Development, and Business Education Training Analysis (BETA) director. “The students accessing this technology are anywhere from high school juniors to returning adults seeking advanced training or a second career.”

Business professionals are invited to CTE Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is provided. CTE Day for the high school students will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. Tours, hands-on demonstrations and faculty visits are part of the activities. The high school portion concludes by 11:30 a.m. with a furnished lunch. Door prizes will also be a fun part of the event.

Programs to be featured include the Early College Academies for Information Technology and Manufacturing Engineering, as well as such programs as Cyber Security & Internetworking Management, Database Administration, Digital Media, Engineering & Surveying Technologies, Software & Web Development, Interactive and 3D Technology, and more. Several booths will be set up featuring programs from the El Dorado campus as well.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to explore various career fields and program offerings,” said Ruder.

Businesses interested in participating may contact BETA at (316) 218-6118 or email High schools interested in bringing students may contact Jolene Keith, director, High School Academic Partnerships, at (316) 322-3254 or email