Westmoreland County Community College holds Women in Manufacturing Day Events


Date Published: October 22, 2018

YOUNGWOOD, PA - In celebration of national Manufacturing Day, Westmoreland County Community College-Advanced Technology Center (ATC) conducted the first of two programs for middle and high school female students to showcase manufacturing careers for women.

Approximately 120 students representing 9 high schools, middle schools and career and technology centers attended the half day event. Students participated in three 40-minute sessions selected from 10 activities that covered topics such as solid modeling using Inventor, virtual welding, computer numerical control (CNC) plasma cutters, machining a nametag with CNC, designing a house and furniture with Revit, air-conditioning a house, robotics and automation, and 3-D printing.

Speakers for the event included comments from LaJennifer Lacombe, Elliot Group, and Becky Parker, director/Advanced Technology Center. The program also included a panel discussion with current Westmoreland ATC students Chelsi Bartlow, Lexi Vanorsdale, Savannah Embry and Mariann Taylor.

Each student received a T-shirt acknowledging national Manufacturing Day and breast cancer awareness for October, which is national breast cancer awareness month.

Students in attendance represented Blairsville-Saltsburg, Brownsville, Derry, Freeport, Jeannette, Penn Trafford, Punxsutawney, Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, and Greene County Career and Technology Center.

A second Women in Manufacturing Day event is scheduled for Friday, October 26 with approximately 100 students scheduled to attend from Adelphoi, Albert Gallatin, Belle Vernon, Franklin Regional, Greater Latrobe, Mt. Pleasant, Norwin and United.