Gateways Advanced Manufacturing Expo 2015 highlights exciting career opportunities

Gateway Community and Technical College invites potential students and parents to explore career options in manufacturing and logistics at the 2015 Advanced Manufacturing Expo, April 16, at Gateways Boone Campus.

The Northern Kentucky Industrial Park Industry Partnership estimates there are 680 unfilled local manufacturing jobs. The vacancies could reach 2,500 in three years and 6,250 in 10 years.

Manufacturers are hungry for skilled workers. The jobs pay well and offer benefits and a stable career path that can lead to positions paying six figures, says Carissa Schutzman, dean of Workforce Solutions for Gateway Community and Technical College. The key is to have the skills to get the jobs.

Gateway offers credentials and certification in electrical technology, machining, mechatronics, welding, drafting, industrial technology and related areas. The training prepares students for immediate entry into the job market, or to pursue more education, including four-year engineering degrees.

Logistics, Gateways newest offering, trains students to become part of an interconnected and high-tech supply chain with multi-dimensional opportunities for viable, lifetime careers. With the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region situated as a prime national location for transportation and delivery time to the customer, the local industry is in a state of perpetual growth. Transportation and logistics account for 7.3 percent of employment 71,610 total jobs in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, slightly above the national average, according to federal labor data.

This need has led to the employer driven design of a new Supply Chain Management program at Gateway, expected to launch in fall 2015. The program consists of multiple credentials leading to an Associates Degree that will prepare students to enter the field in positions such as Logistics Associate, Material Coordinator, Traffic Coordinator, Inventory Control Specialist, Coordinator/Analyst, and Lean Logistics Specialist.

Potential students can talk with local manufacturers and logistics companies, tour our high-tech campus, and discover how students can attend Gateway at a reduced rate or at no cost, Schutzman said.

Attendees can also receive information on dual credit programs that allow students to earn college credits while still in high school, apprenticeship programs in which students may work full-time and attend classes part-time, and the admissions and financial aid process.

Self-guided tours will highlight training facilities in computer-aided drafting, industrial maintenance, computerized manufacturing and machining, mechatronics, robotics and welding.

"People may be surprised by what they see and learn at the expo. Anyone interested in a challenging career should attend, Schutzman said.

Gateways Advanced Manufacturing Expo takes place Thursday, April 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence. The event is FREE and open to the public.