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Is manufacturing right for your child?

 Gervais Ford, a 2018 graduate of Wyandotte High School, is pursuing an associate's degree in welding at Kansas City Kansas Community College through the HOPE Scholarship Program. 

Gervais Ford, a 2018 graduate of Wyandotte High School, is pursuing an associate's degree in welding at Kansas City Kansas Community College through the HOPE Scholarship Program. 

As a parent, helping your child identify the right career path is incredibly important. If your child is interested in technology, and how things are made, then a career in advanced manufacturing may be right for them.

The future is bright for the young people who choose this path. At the Kansas City National Security Campus, our manufacturing positions start at $28 per hour. Many of these positions do not require a four-year bachelor’s degree, eliminating the burden of college debt and enabling young people to enter the workforce quickly.

The demand for skilled workers to fill manufacturing jobs is growing. With nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs projected to be needed over the next decade, nearly two million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap. (Source: Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute)

These aren’t the manufacturing jobs of our grandparents’ generation. These are the jobs of the future, and tech-savvy teens are poised to excel in this rapidly advancing industry, because they’ve grown up with technology right at their fingertips.

We hope you’ll start the conversation with your child about whether a career in advanced manufacturing is right for them.