Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October, Oakland Unified School District, City of Oakland, and Laney College collaborated on the First Oakland Manufacturing / Career Education Day on Thursday, November 10th. The event highlighted the importance of manufacturing to the US and Oakland economy and career technical education programs offered on Laney College’s campus aligned with the variety of career options available in the field of manufacturing.
Six Oakland manufacturing firms opened their doors to Oakland youth to enhance the educational experience of our scholars. Over 100 students from Oakland Technical High School, Dewey High School, Oakland High School, Fremont High School, Castlemont High School and Lighthouse Charter High School learned about manufacturing and the career opportunities in the skilled trades. Each school toured two different manufacturing sites for a total of two hours. The sites were more than willing to open their doors to showcase their products and daily work flow to our young scholars.
After completing the scheduled site tours, students were transported to Laney College where they were treated to lunch and welcomed by Dr. Patricia Stanley, Interim President of Laney College. Two current Laney College students shared encouraging words of wisdom regarding what lead them enroll in CTE courses at Laney, both Oakland Unified graduates: Todd Moore (Oakland High) and Katia Navidad (Fremont High). They shared their career plans and how the courses at Laney have provided them with valuable hands on experiences and prepared them to reach their goals.
The welcome was followed by tours of Laney College’s CTE programs that focus on the skilled trades. In groups, students toured two of the seven programs. Students learned about the programs that prepare for careers in woodworking: Carpentry, Wood Shop and the FabLab. Others learned of careers in metal work: Machine Shop, and Welding. Others learned about careers in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) through the Environmental Control Technology and others learned about careers in the Electrical and Electronics Technology Program.
OUSD, City of Oakland & Laney College share their most heartfelt appreciation to our industry partners for opening their doors and helping make this event a reality: AB & I Foundry, Nor Cal Metal Fabricators, KSI Keyboards, Everett Graphics, Creative Wood & OCHO Candy. Through these authentic partnerships, we will together graduate our students College, Career & Community Ready.
Castlemont at AB & I and Creative Wood
Fremont at Everett Graphics and at Laney College
Oakland High at KSI Keyboards and at Tiny House at Laney College
Tech at Laney College
Dewey at Nor Cal Metals and OCHO Candy
Lighthouse at AB & I
Welcome at Laney College as part of Manufacturing Day Event and prepare for the tours of the CTE Skilled Trade Programs.