The Advanced Manufacturing pathway is one of the newest plans of study at CEC Middle College. Advanced Manufacturing introduces students to the world of manufacturing and teaches skills they can apply to a college degree or use directly in the work force upon graduation. Students in Advanced Manufacturing study a variety of hands-on subjects, including welding, construction and computer-aided design (CAD). Students also develop effective communication, problem-solving and leadership skills.
The Advanced Manufacturing pathway connects students with partner companies and higher education institutions for real-world workplace experiences. Freshmen in the program have the opportunity to tour a factory and get a first glimpse into the industry. The job shadow incorporates hands-on activities designed for high school students.
Sophomores in Advanced Manufacturing will also have the opportunity to participate in the new CareerCoach mentoring program. Students will meet one-on-one several times during the school year with employees in the Advanced Manufacturing industry.
Advanced Manufacturing is one of the fastest-growing industries in Colorado. According to the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, manufacturers hire an average of 15,000 workers each month. More than half of all manufacturing employees have some level of college education, and the average wage is $24/hour.
Photo caption: DPS Advanced Manufacturing students attend a job shadow at Intertech Plastics and learn about automated injection molding.