Fedor Attends Inauguration of New Whitmer High School Advanced Manufacturing Program
November 30, 2020
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) recognized Whitmer High School Career and Technology Center’s new Advanced Manufacturing Program during its ribbon cutting ceremony.
“As a former educator, I believe it is increasingly important to provide students with practical skills that they can apply in the working world,” Fedor said. “This is especially true in a manufacturing city such as ours. This program will train skilled workers in our region and strengthen our economy.”
The Advanced Manufacturing Program is a two-year career and technical education program providing students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using advanced, computer-controlled technology to design, create and build high-tech precision parts and instruments. The program will also offer an introductory course on manufacturing, as well as college credit, industry-recognized credentials and internship opportunities.
In 2019, Kempler Industries ranked Toledo the fourth-best city in the United States for manufacturing jobs. The city has seen a significant increase in demand for skilled manufacturing roles that employers are struggling to fill. According to the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, there is a strong demand for entry-level manufacturing jobs requiring a high school degree, amounting to roughly 3,000 openings a year. The Advanced Manufacturing Program at Whitmer Career and Technology Center will play a pivotal role in bridging the skills gap in the workforce, benefitting both Toledo employers and workers.
“Opportunities like this are what make our city prosper,” Fedor said. “I couldn’t be prouder to see this program being established today.”