Students tour local manufacturing companies

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com
Pascal Dobbins, a part-time instructor at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, shares career information, like robotics, with Forbush Middle School students as part of their Advanced Manufacturing Day tour of the site. - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
Pascal Dobbins, a part-time instructor at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, shares career information, like robotics, with Forbush Middle School students as part of their Advanced Manufacturing Day tour of the site. - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
Ray Hoots, a part-time instructor in mechatronics at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, explains some of the electrical components and how they operate, such as his homemade potato battery, during Forbush Middle School students’ tour of the site. - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
Ray Hoots, a part-time instructor in mechatronics at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, explains some of the electrical components and how they operate, such as a thermal imaging camera, during Forbush Middle School students' tour of the site. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
Ray Hoots, a part-time instructor in mechatronics at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, explains some of the electrical components and how they operate, such as a thermal imaging camera, during Forbush Middle School students’ tour of the site. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
Welding is one of the areas Forbush Middle School students tour at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College Friday for Advanced Manufacturing Day. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
Dorsett Technologies employee, right, Jordan Easter, explains what his company does and his job with the company to Forbush Middle School students during their Advanced Manufacturing Day tour of the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
A team of Forbush Middle School students work to build a structure as part of Dorsett Technologies' Advanced Manufacturing Day presentation at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College Friday. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
A team of Forbush Middle School students work to build a structure as part of Dorsett Technologies’ Advanced Manufacturing Day presentation at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College Friday. Dorsett representatives include, from right, Veva Norman, Johnny Roberts and Adam Eldridge. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
Bobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
Bobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day. Also presenting are, far left corner, Ashley Collins and Erick Gonzalez, super seniors at Yadkin Early College High School. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
Bobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county's economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day. Also presenting are, far left corner, Ashley Collins and Erick Gonzalez, super seniors at Yadkin Early College High School. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple
Bobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county's economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

Yadkin County middle school students visited several local companies last week as part of Surry Community College’s Manufacturing Day.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with this year’s Advanced Manufacturing Day event,” said Kasey Martin, student and community engagement coordinator for the college. “This was our largest turnout with approximately 500 visiting and current students, faculty, and staff in attendance. It is always such a thrill to be able to show prospective students the programs of study that we have available on campus. While we had them here, our instructors were able to show them demonstrations with the machines, and talk to them about the different classes they would be taking while pursuing a degree in one of the advanced manufacturing fields.”

The Yadkin County portion of the event is part of an initiative called “Dream It, Do It,” with a goal of encouraging students to explore career options in the local manufacturing industry.

Students from Starmount and Forbush middle schools visited Austin Enclosures, while Dorsett Technologies set up at the Yadkin Center, to give them a first-hand look at these companies and how they operate. Unifi helped sponsor the event as well, providing bottled water and recycling containers to tie back to its REPREVE division which makes textile products from recycled bottles.

Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council Director Bobby Todd said it was a great event.

“Our first ever Dream It, Do It for Yadkin County students was a great success. Being able to show our eighth-grade students just a sampling of what is made in Yadkin highlights many of the career opportunities right here at home. We hope to grow the event next year with even more industry participation,” Todd said.

Though still several years away from graduation, the event was geared towards giving students ideas for career paths for their future, said Yadkin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin.

“Dream It, Do It was our first effort at trying to do something to coincide with Manufacturing Month in North Carolina,” Martin said. “We wanted our eighth-graders to be able to tour an advanced manufacturing facility and also hear from some who work in manufacturing here in Yadkin County. One of our goals was to show our students that there are great jobs available that pay competitive wages and provide a clean, safe work atmosphere where problem-solving, teamwork and creativity are in demand right here in Yadkin County. We also want them to know that there are employment opportunities available whether they have a high school diploma, a two-year degree or certificate from Surry Community College, or a four-year college or university degree.”

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

Pascal Dobbins, a part-time instructor at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, shares career information, like robotics, with Forbush Middle School students as part of their Advanced Manufacturing Day tour of the site.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-1_formatted.jpgPascal Dobbins, a part-time instructor at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, shares career information, like robotics, with Forbush Middle School students as part of their Advanced Manufacturing Day tour of the site. Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

Pascal Dobbins, a part-time instructor at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, shares career information, like robotics, with Forbush Middle School students as part of their Advanced Manufacturing Day tour of the site.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-2_formatted.jpgPascal Dobbins, a part-time instructor at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, shares career information, like robotics, with Forbush Middle School students as part of their Advanced Manufacturing Day tour of the site. Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

Ray Hoots, a part-time instructor in mechatronics at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, explains some of the electrical components and how they operate, such as his homemade potato battery, during Forbush Middle School students’ tour of the site.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-3_formatted.jpgRay Hoots, a part-time instructor in mechatronics at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, explains some of the electrical components and how they operate, such as his homemade potato battery, during Forbush Middle School students’ tour of the site. Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

Ray Hoots, a part-time instructor in mechatronics at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, explains some of the electrical components and how they operate, such as a thermal imaging camera, during Forbush Middle School students’ tour of the site.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-4_formatted.jpgRay Hoots, a part-time instructor in mechatronics at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, explains some of the electrical components and how they operate, such as a thermal imaging camera, during Forbush Middle School students’ tour of the site.Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

Ray Hoots, a part-time instructor in mechatronics at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, explains some of the electrical components and how they operate, such as a thermal imaging camera, during Forbush Middle School students’ tour of the site.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-5_formatted.jpgRay Hoots, a part-time instructor in mechatronics at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College, explains some of the electrical components and how they operate, such as a thermal imaging camera, during Forbush Middle School students’ tour of the site. Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

Welding is one of the areas Forbush Middle School students tour at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College Friday for Advanced Manufacturing Day.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-6_formatted.jpgWelding is one of the areas Forbush Middle School students tour at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College Friday for Advanced Manufacturing Day.Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

Dorsett Technologies employee, right, Jordan Easter, explains what his company does and his job with the company to Forbush Middle School students during their Advanced Manufacturing Day tour of the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-7_formatted.jpgDorsett Technologies employee, right, Jordan Easter, explains what his company does and his job with the company to Forbush Middle School students during their Advanced Manufacturing Day tour of the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College.Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

A team of Forbush Middle School students work to build a structure as part of Dorsett Technologies’ Advanced Manufacturing Day presentation at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College Friday.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-8_formatted.jpgA team of Forbush Middle School students work to build a structure as part of Dorsett Technologies’ Advanced Manufacturing Day presentation at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College Friday.Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

A team of Forbush Middle School students work to build a structure as part of Dorsett Technologies’ Advanced Manufacturing Day presentation at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College Friday. Dorsett representatives include, from right, Veva Norman, Johnny Roberts and Adam Eldridge.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-9_formatted.jpgA team of Forbush Middle School students work to build a structure as part of Dorsett Technologies’ Advanced Manufacturing Day presentation at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College Friday. Dorsett representatives include, from right, Veva Norman, Johnny Roberts and Adam Eldridge. Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

Bobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-10_formatted.jpgBobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day. Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

Bobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day. Also presenting are, far left corner, Ashley Collins and Erick Gonzalez, super seniors at Yadkin Early College High School.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-11_formatted.jpgBobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day. Also presenting are, far left corner, Ashley Collins and Erick Gonzalez, super seniors at Yadkin Early College High School. Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

Bobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day. Also presenting are, far left corner, Ashley Collins and Erick Gonzalez, super seniors at Yadkin Early College High School.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-12_formatted.jpgBobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day. Also presenting are, far left corner, Ashley Collins and Erick Gonzalez, super seniors at Yadkin Early College High School.Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

Bobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_amd-13_formatted.jpgBobby Todd, president of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s economic development group, shares the many products manufactured in Yadkin County with Forbush Middle Schools Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College. The students were touring the industrial training center as part of Advanced Manufacturing Day.Wendy Byerly Wood | Yadkin Ripple

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

kburns@yadkinripple.com