NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Large machinery, performance cars, simulators, and manufacturers filled the Nacogdoches County Exposition and Civic Center.
All in an effort to present Nacogdoches and Angelina County juniors with information and hands on experience about manufacturing jobs in the east Texas.
The East Texas Manufacturing Alliance partnered with Angelina County Junior Achievement to host their first ever Manufacturing Day.
“We have 26 of the companies that have booths with brochures and little handouts and more,” said Tim Stacey, the lead of East Texas Manufacturing Alliance. “And so each one of our companies is going to share what we do and what we’re looking for in future employees and give these kids an idea of a path forward.”
Stacey said that manufacturing is important to East Texas and the United States because it brings in money from all over the world.
“A lot of our customers are in Europe and South America,” said Stacey. “So those monies are coming into East Texas which allows us to prosper and to grow.”
One Nacogdoches High School junior was looking forward to visiting Cal-Tex Lumber’s booth.
“Cal Tex, I know a couple of people that work there. So I'm interested to see what they do in their company,” said Pablo Chavez. “To know what areas there are there. I know you can make good money there at CalTex.”
Chavez said today was important for students because it helped them network and have an idea of what they can do after graduation.
“So if there’s some companies that they’ll tell you how much you can make with them or what steps you need to start working with them, maybe you can start leaning toward that pathway,” said Chavez.
Junior Achievement's mission is to prepare and inspire students to succeed in the global economy.
“And Manufacturing Day does just that,” said Staci Hodges, executive director of Angelina County Junior Achievement. “We are preparing these students, we are giving them the knowledge to make smart decisions about their future.”
Angelina College, Stephen F. Austin, and Workforce Solutions were there to share programs that they offer related to the manufacturing industry.