Ashley Montano currently takes classes as a junior at Summit High School in Fontana.
She hasn’t decided what she wants to do with her life, but a visit to the Chaffey College Industrial Technical Learning Center in Fontana on Oct. 4 gave her a couple of ideas.
“They’ve been teaching us a lot of things we can do after we graduate,” she said. “These are things we can see ourselves doing in the future.”
She was one of about 400 students from around Southern California, including several from schools in Fontana, who toured the center during National Manufacturing Day.
The event gives students a taste of various manufacturing industry jobs such as industrial maintenance and robotics technicians, machinists, welders and more.
Students played on welding simulators, watched 3D printers and robotic arms in action and learned about the potential salaries they could earn from manufacturing jobs.
Manufacturing involves the mechanical, physical or chemical transformation of materials, substances or components into new products, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs include industrial maintenance and robotics technicians, machinists, welders and more.
“Between now and 2023, employers in the Inland Empire will need about 8,000 new workers in the manufacturing sector due to industry growth and retirements,” said Sandra Sisco, director of economic development and the Chaffey College InTech Center. “We hope to plant a seed with these students now so that they might take advantage of this opportunity in the future and help meet the region’s workforce needs.”
Employers who spoke to students about career opportunities included California Steel Industries, Garner Holt and Crown Technical Systems.
“The Chaffey College InTech Center has already transformed many lives by preparing students to enter high-paying manufacturing jobs,” said Chaffey College Superintendent/President Henry Shannon. “Our hope is to see some of these high school students return as InTech students so that we can help transform their lives as well.”
Students who would like to learn more about the InTech Center can sign up to attend an information session by visiting the center’s website at http://www.intechcenter.org. The center, located at 9400 Cherry Avenue, is also hosting an open house on Oct. 15 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.