More than 600 curious students attended the recent Creators Wanted event to learn about manufacturing career opportunities. Saint Paul College was thrilled to serve as host for this event - the 19th out of 20 events across the United States. These events resulted in 1.5 million online signups from students and career mentors interested in modern manufacturing careers, including 43,000 registrations in Minnesota. According to Creators Wanted, 87% of students surveyed reported a significantly improved view of modern manufacturing careers after completing the immersive experience.
Students engaged in immersive activities, from solving manufacturing-related puzzles to virtually navigating a locomotive through Union Pacific’s simulators and viewing the intricate operations of a railroad track. The event also offered structured opportunities for students to learn about manufacturing organizations’ support for the next generation of talent, including mentorship. Everfi, Ecolab, and Schwan’s showcased a new digital education program, “Future Creators,” co-developed with the Manufacturing Institute and Union Pacific, to give middle and high school students a peek into STEM careers and spark their curiosity. Saint Paul College also gave students a tour of its robust Trades and Technical Education programs.
Union Pacific was the lead sponsor on this joint project of National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and The Manufacturing Institute (MI). The event kicked off with a Welcome from President Peaslee, comments on the importance of manufacturing from Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Doug Loon, the importance of diversity and sustainable concepts by Dave Molin, Vice President at Trane Technologies, and a keynote address by Kenny Rocker from Union Pacific.
When I talk about opportunities, I’m talking about good-paying jobs. At Union Pacific, we’re talking jobs that are averaging over $100,000 a year, and that’s without benefits.”
Kenny Rocker, Union Pacific Executive Vice President
Many notable leaders from key government and workforce partner organizations attended the kickoff, including representatives from:
- Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence
- Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce
- Minnesota Parent Union
- Saint Paul Area Chamber
- Representatives from five of Minnesota’s eight US Congressional offices
- City of South Saint Paul Mayor
- Three Minnesota State Representatives
This initiative aligns seamlessly with our commitment to graduating students into high-wage, high-demand fields. We are excited to be part of an event that will help reshape perceptions about manufacturing careers and inspire a fresh wave of creators
Dr. Deidra Peaslee, Saint Paul College President
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