Over 130 eighth graders get an inside look at the world of manufacturing

Students from the Davenport school district could be looking at potential jobs

DAVENPORT, Iowa - More than 130 eighth grade students from the Davenport area got a hands on look at Iowa's manufacturing industry.

They showed up for an event hosted by eastern Iowa community colleges yesterday. The students got up close with interactive booths and manufacturing technology.

Organizers say it's a great way to expose them to possible career opportunities in the industry.

"We had live demonstrations of a welding simulator. We ran cnc machines. We showcased a dragster. Umh we had live competitions of building and structures as well as saw 3-d printing and modeling, " says Mandy Parchert, chair of the Advanced Manufacturing sector board. 

Representatives from several manufacturing companies like John Deere and Sterilite also spoke with the students about their opportunities.

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