BOWLING GREEN, KY – September 30, 2021 – Engineering is an engaging and rewarding career that studies show will be one of the most in-demand careers over the next decade. For students interested in engineering, the Pathway to Engineering event provided hands-on, engaging experiences to learn more about the many types of engineering and careers. Sixty-five juniors and seniors from Bowling Green, Warren County, and Butler County high schools attended this unique event on Thursday, September 30 at Western Kentucky University hosted by South Central Kentucky Learning About Unique and New Careers Here (SCK LAUNCH, a program of the Bowling Green Area Chamber Foundation).
“Engineering is such a broad field with many types of career opportunities,” said Sandra Baker, Director of Education and Workforce for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. “It is essential to engage students in exploring engineering as a career path as well as its importance to our economy before they even begin college.”
Numerous local companies partnered to make this day possible for students including: Bendix, Berry Global, Bowling Green Metalforming, Delta Faucet Company, General Motors, KIRIU USA Corporation, Logan Aluminum, and Western Kentucky University. Students experienced a “day in the life” from local engineers, a virtual reality lab and heard from recent graduates working in the field.
“Delta Faucet Company is proud to partner on the Pathway to Engineering Day; ensuring a diverse and qualified workforce now and into the future is vital to our continued success,” said Neal Smyth, Site Director at Delta Faucet Company.
“The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in the College of Science and Engineering at WKU, is excited to partner with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce along with several local manufacturing companies to host the Pathway to Engineering Day event for high-school juniors and seniors,” said Greg Arbuckle, Professor of Manufacturing Engineering Technology at WKU. “This event will provide students with a unique opportunity to not only investigate the educational opportunities in engineering but also will provide a look into the many different aspects of engineering careers in manufacturing in and around our community.”
Anyone interested in learning more about how SCK LAUNCH is helping develop our future workforce can visit www.scklaunch.com.
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber Foundation:
The Bowling Green Area Chamber Foundation supports the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc., collecting contributions that allow the Chamber to conduct programs of community-wide benefit, namely to foster education, training, and research to advance the economic well-being of the workforce of Bowling Green.
About SCK LAUNCH:
SCK LAUNCH is a partnership between the Bowling Green Area Chamber Foundation, the Bowling Green Independent School District, Warren County Public Schools, and local businesses to ensure our future graduates succeed in their careers.