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MANUFACTURING EDUCATION: Bryan Sanderlin, president of OSECO, talks about manufacturing practices during a tour of the facility. The tour was a part of the second annual Teacher Tours of Manufacturing, hosted by the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation (BAEDC) on Feb. 25.
On Feb. 25, the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation (BAEDC) hosted the second annual Teacher Tours of Manufacturing. The day is a collaborative effort between the BAEDC, the Department of Commerce, Broken Arrow Public Schools and local manufacturers to offer teachers, counselors, school administrators and manufacturers the opportunity to communicate about high-tech, high-wage earning careers in manufacturing. The regional collaboration is called NE Oklahoma Dream It. Do It.
The goal of the event is to share information with educators about successful careers and opportunities in manufacturing. The information can then be used as a tool to inform students and parents about opportunities that are available to them.
Broken Arrow is the third largest city in the state for manufacturing with over 350 manufacturing companies in the city limits. Manufacturers create primary jobs in the community and statistics show that every one job in manufacturing supports nearly three secondary jobs in the community.
Established in 2005, Dream It. Do It. acts as the grassroots authority on influencing the perception of manufacturing careers by leveraging local, regional and statewide strategic partnerships to attract and recruit a qualified manufacturing workforce pipeline.
The day featured tours of Flight Safety, Baker Hughes, OSECO and Tulsa Technology Centers manufacturing training facilities.
This was Broken Arrow High School college and career counselor Tom Hoeffner’s second year participating in the manufacturing tours. “I learn something every time,” he says. “Lots of students attend Tulsa Tech; 200-300 students apply each year.
“They would be interested in these types of manufacturing opportunities.”