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BA Chamber partners with BAPS for manufacturing career day

The Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Corporation, Broken Arrow Public Schools and Union Public Schools recently raised awareness about the manufacturing sector by inviting the entire student body at the Broken Arrow Freshman Academy, Union Freshman Academy, Broken Arrow Options Academy and Union Alternative to explore careers in manufacturing.

“October is National Manufacturing Month, and we are so appreciative of our partnership with Broken Arrow Chamber and Economic Development Corporation for bringing our third annual Manufacturing Day to thousands of students across Broken Arrow,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Coordinator of Community Development Amanda Grace said. “Through this partnership, we are able to bring in almost 100 volunteers from 25+ local manufacturers to expose more than 2,900 students to the many career opportunities within the manufacturing profession. Broken Arrow is home to over 300 manufacturers, and Broken Arrow Public Schools is dedicated to forging pathways within the manufacturing sector.”

In line with BA Schools and BA Chamber’s Project Pathways endeavor, manufacturing professionals talked with students about careers in the industry and educational pathways to those careers. They also engaged students in a hands-on activity that included designing, building and marketing their “product.”

“There are more than 7,000 employees in Broken Arrow working in various forms of manufacturing with an average wage of more than $70,000,” said Darla Heller, Broken Arrow Chamber’s VP of Economic Development. “This event strives to introduce students to those careers as well as the pathways available to obtain those positions.”

“It was an amazing day,” said Terry Hill with Rapid Application Group. “I volunteered at the Options Academy, and I found the students are extremely engaging and excited about careers in manufacturing.”