Middle- and high-school students in Volusia County, Fla., met with Boston Whaler executives on Manufacturing Day last week to discuss career opportunities in the marine industry.
Whaler’s efforts were part of the “Manufacturing Means Measure” campaign sponsored by the Volusia Manufacturer Association. The VMA is meeting with students during October, National Manufacturing Month, to help them better understand manufacturing and the skills it requires.
Though all during October such events are happening across the country, Oct. 5 was National Manufacturing Day, sponsored by the National Manufacturers Association.
“Now in its sixth year, Manufacturing Day is a way for companies in all sectors of manufacturing to open their doors, reach out to the community and address the common misperceptions about what they do and how they do it,” said VMA president Jayne Fifer in a statement.
Boston Whaler director of business systems Nate Abdalian and vice president of strategic engagement Rebecca Crews visited Burns Science and Technology Charter School in Oak Hill, Fla. Abdalian, who grew up in Volusia Country, said he believes such outreach efforts not only help to strengthen local manufacturing sectors, but also communities.
“Giving back to students in our area, showing the importance of proper measurement and career opportunities at Boston Whaler, and that Boston Whaler Boats are made less than 10 minutes from their school, was a great message to share with our potential workforce of the future,” Abdalian said.