Celebrating Manufacturing Month

Gail BryantManufacturing

The month of October is celebrated as an opportunity for the manufacturing industry to showcase rewarding career possibilities to prospective students. These types of manufacturing jobs offer long-term career options, high pay, and exposure to cutting-edge technology.

Having the vision to partner with area schools and offer an in-shop experience, JCI Industries hosted students from Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit–North, and Lee’s Summit–West with a detailed presentation and full shop facility tour.

Ciara Musumhiri, a student on the tour, commented, “I thought it was great to tour about the shop and actually see how the different things work.”

National Manufacturing Day has been an initiative celebrated on the first Friday in October since 2012. The Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council (LSEDC) has organized this effort locally for the last five years, remaining consistent with their innovative efforts to partner with area industries and educational institutions to raise awareness among students, parents, teachers, and the general public in developing talent pipeline programs that support high wage, high demand jobs for the future.

The collaboration between the Economic Development Council, JCI Industries, and the Lee’s Summit school district was amazing. This was by far the most organized and engaging student experience I have been a part of,” Jeff Buckner, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District stated.  “This type of experience is going to be vital in the “Diploma Plus” initiative for the LSR7 school district. And having companies open their doors and giving the students real-world experiences is going to make life-changing opportunities.”

JCI Industries is the leading regional provider of electrical and mechanical solutions for industrial, water and wastewater markets. Headquartered in Lee’s Summit, MO, JCI Industries provides extensive solutions including high quality pump and motor repair along with the ability to offer industry leading new pumps, motors, and mechanical seals to serve a wide range of industries.

“At JCI Industries, we know nothing is more important than investing in our future. It was enjoyable to see both the engagement of the students and the enthusiasm of our staff as they demonstrated or discussed the inner workings of JCI Industries. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Lee’s Summit schools and Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council to provide students insight on the career opportunities available to them after high school,” Brian Bunch commented.