Manufacturing Week

High school students tour Metro Aviation during Manufacturing Week 2016


Manufacturing Day is a national effort to highlight the workforce needs of manufacturers. In North Louisiana, we've expanded Manufacturing Day to Manufacturing Week from October 3-7, 2016 in response to the growing needs of our manufacturers for technical skills. 

North Louisiana Economic Partnership's Top Skills Workforce Program in partnership with the Manufacturing Managers
Council of Northwest Louisiana first hosted Manufacturing Week in 2014. Since then, participation from students and manufacturers has more than quadrupled. Approximately 800 high school students from Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine and Webster Parish school systems will tour nearly 30 manufacturing facilities and training providers to learn about the skill and occupation needs of employers.
Manufacturing Week encourages early high school students to consider manufacturing training available to them while in high school, through the Jump Start Career Diploma, a new initiative of the Louisiana Department of Education. Students following this pathway will graduate with industry based credentials in their chosen field and be career and college ready.

2016 Manufacturing Week

  • 800+ high school students from 9 school systems will tour 30 manufacturing plants and manufacturing training programs
  • All students received Manufacturing Week Booklets with regional manufacturing training programs and career profiles developed by NLEP
  • Teachers received Educator Toolkit in advance of tours with recommended curriculum and videos to prepare students for tours and engage in post-tour discussion and learning 
  • Manufacturers received Host Toolkits in advance of tours to help prepare them to tell their story in a way that is relevant and engaging to students
  • Colleges and universities received College Host resources to plan their training program tours
  • For more tools and information visit Dream It. Do it. 

 2016 Manufacturing Week Booklet