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Helena students explore career possibilities during Spring Manufacturing Day

Posted at 7:45 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 21:50:05-04

HELENA – “Helena Spring Manufacturing Day” let some eighth- through 12th-grade students from Helena Public Schools spend the afternoon touring local manufacturing companies.

The tour gave young people the opportunity to explore possible trade careers in industries, like welding, electrical and lumber.

Students began their tour at Helena College’s Airport campus, which was followed by a trip to Marks Lumber.

Owner Steve Marks showed students an inside look at their machinery at his family-owned business.

Students received protective eye wear, ear plugs and a hard hat before going near blades used to strip tree trunks of bark before processing the wood.

Eighth-grader Mayson Hays, when asked what he enjoyed most about the tour, said, “Probably him telling us how it all works.”

Marks said, “I just think it’s good that we can get young folks out into the manufacturing sector and show them what it’s all about. Tell them what kind of skills manufactures are looking for in these young people as they start down their path towards a career.”

After Marks Lumber, students were able to tour the Helena Boeing Field as well as McDantim, Inc.

If interested in having a child participate in tour, click here.

-Reported by Christine Sullivan/MTN News