Education Update – November 2016
Hoshizaki Hosts Fayette Teachers for National Manufacturing Day
By Paige Muh, Community Development Director, Fayette Chamber of Commerce
On the morning of October 27, Hoshizaki America hosted engineering and business teachers from Fayette County’s middle and high schools to tour their facility and learn about modern manufacturing. The educators discovered that Hoshizaki’s clean, safe, organized work environment relies on high-tech processes that demand an increasingly skilled and talented workforce.
The event was planned in honor of National Manufacturing Day and was a collaborative project between Hoshizaki, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute and the Career and Technical Education department of Fayette County Schools. The event demonstrated the community’s commitment to work together.
Larry Alford, regional manager of the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, outlined the event objectives.
- Recognize the impact manufacturing and Hoshizaki has in our community
- Showcase the careers Hoshizaki offers across many disciplines
- Illustrate the organized, clean, safe, challenging nature of advanced manufacturing
- Demonstrate the need for partnerships between education and industry to address workforce shortages and enable all students to identify and pursue exciting careers
- Highlight the creativity shown by Fayette County Schools to engage and support STEM initiatives and work-based learning
After the plant tour and demonstrations of production and fabrication techniques, Hoshizaki’s executive team met with the teachers to further expound on the background and skill sets that they look for when hiring employees. The executive team emphasized that hands-on experience and strong soft skills are essential requirement for any job candidate, in addition to their technical expertise.
Exposing Fayette County teachers firsthand to today’s manufacturing environment can directly benefit Fayette County students. Teachers can tailor curriculum concepts to real-world business and industry applications; they will be better able to communicate career opportunities and expectations to their students; and collaboration between industry and education through work-based learning can be fostered.
ABOUT HOSHIZAKI AMERICA, INC.: Hoshizaki America, Inc. is a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and marketing of equipment for the foodservice industry. With corporate headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia, and a second manufacturing facility in Griffin, Georgia, operates some of the most automated production facilities in the industry.