La Porte County Career and Technical Education students attend the Chicago fair

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Recently, thanks to a donation from the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City (EDCMC), dozens of La Porte County students got an up-close look at some cutting-edge manufacturing technologies.

About 60 students from the La Porte County Career and Technical Education program attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place on September 15th. EDCMC sponsored the trip by contributing $1,500 toward the cost of a charter bus.

“The Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City is proud to partner with Michigan City Area Schools to provide students with opportunities for real-world experience and to expand classroom instruction,” said Clarence Hulse, Executive Director of EDCMC. “IMTS is the largest manufacturing trade show in the United States, so this field trip allows students to get a first-hand look at current practices and trends in advanced manufacturing. Many of these students will be part of our local workforce in a few years, and we want them to be passionate about the field and their future.”

The participating students were from La Porte County high schools and are enrolled in welding and machining programs at the AK Smith Career Center or are part of the Compressed Air Academy at Michigan City High School.

“Each year we work diligently to provide our students with diverse opportunities in their chosen fields of study,” said Delincia Smith, director of La Porte County Career and Technical Education. Last year, she added, students from the same programs attended FabTech, which was also supported by the EDCMC.

“Students really enjoy these experiences, and we appreciate how events like IMTS can inspire the next generation of manufacturers,” said Smith. “They come back to the classroom and talk about the new equipment and technology they’ve been experimenting with and are extremely grateful for all the free articles they get at these conventions. Overall, the teachers and students really understand that learning can take place in many different areas.”

For more information about La Porte County’s career and technical education programs, visit www.EducateMC.net/CTE.

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