• STURGIS, SD (3/6/2013) – Enhancing the traditional Career Day format, Sturgis Brown High School students reversed the educational offering and toured five metalwork manufacturing operations in the Sturgis Industrial Park on March 6.

    Thirty juniors and seniors applied for the opportunity to tour the businesses. Accompanied by faculty and adult family members, they met with business owners, managers, and employees to gain a firsthand perspective on modern manufacturing processes. These processes include software programming, CNC programming, and product development.

    Participants also learned about the coursework required for entry-level success, aptitude and skill sets necessary for career success, and regional salary expectations and career development opportunities.

    The participating businesses include: Legend Air Suspension, Bar-Sto Precision Machine, Horizon Machine, Black Hills Manufacturing Services, and Dakota Arms/Remington.

    This workforce development initiative is a cooperative effort among the Meade School District 46-1, Sturgis Economic Development Corp (SEDC), and local businesses. Pat Kurtenbach, SEDC President states, “This is an exceptional time for students and family members to explore local career options in metalwork manufacturing. The mentoring provided by these manufacturers is an investment in our community’s future.”