Manufacturing Day at Air Products and Chemical

Manufacturing Day

On October 4th, to honor Manufacturing Day, Air Products and Chemical, Inc. hosted a group of juniors and seniors from Max S. Hayes Career and Technical High School who are studying career paths in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Precision Machining, and Welding. They donned safety glasses and hard hats to learn about how the company separates oxygen, nitrogen and argon from air. Throughout the tour, an employee gave the students examples of the kinds of skilled workers Air Products needs at the plant.

Manufacturing Day has been designed to improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing's value to the U.S. economy. By working together during and after Manufacturing Awareness Day, manufacturers begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Air Products and Chemical, an active partner with the Max Hayes career tech program, is a member company of WIRE-Net. WIRE-Net is helping Max Hayes students connect with area tradesman, especially manufacturers, to highlight the viability and accessibility of long-term well-paying careers.

In addition to the tour, more than 180 ninth grade students attended a Manufacturing Showcase at Max Hayes High School to learn more about manufacturing careers and the specific skills required to be a successful industry professional in today's global economy. Leading Cleveland industrial companies highlighting innovation and career opportunities included:

  • Mary Smith, The Pipe Line Development Company
  • Ted Bradley, Superior Tool
  • Don Kish, North Coast Container Corporation
  • ArcelorMittal

Since 2009, WIRE-Net, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Max S. Hayes' principal and staff, and numerous business and community partners have worked collaboratively on the To the Max! plan to prepare students for today's careers and college. The transformative career-tech education plan is steadily advancing and preparing students, teachers, families, and stakeholders for the 2015 move into a brand new state-of-the-art high school, where 21st century teaching and learning practices will prepare students for globally-competitive high-tech career opportunities.

The Friends of Max Hayes, Chaired by Tom Schumann of E.C Kitzel & Sons, was organized to support the To the Max! plan, faculty, and students at Max Hayes High School.

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