Career Development Begins Early in Springfield

Students ages nine to fourteen in Massachusetts are presented with a manufacturing pathway for economic and career success. This collaboration involves early exposure and gauging the interest of these youths. This is coordinated with education and training opportunities to keep students engaged, informed, and developing skills in a multi-faceted approach to success through high school, college, and beyond.

One part of this approach includes an annual summer camp at Springfield Technical Community College. Students watch demonstrations on rapid additive machines, lathes, and mills. They work on projects selected to nurture their interest and broaden their skills. Professor John LaFrancis, Department Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Springfield Tech, suggests that personalized projects that introduce design, manufacturing, and inspection are part of the strategy for success.

You can learn more about these opportunities in the Technical Education Post article: Springfield Tech Gives Students a Pathway to Prosperity.