Henry Ford College (HFC) will host Manufacturers Day (MFG Day) on Friday, Oct. 2, which is followed by American Graduate Day on Saturday, Oct. 3. Manufacturers Day takes place at HFC’s M-TEC.
“Manufacturers Day gets students interested in manufacturing careers. American Graduate Day keeps students on the path to graduation. Both are educationally based, but have two distinct purposes,” said Dr. Patricia A. Chatman, director of the HFC M-TEC.
MFG Day addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is and is not. By working together during and after MFG Day, manufacturers will address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole. MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.
Employer partners for MFG Day 2015 include:
GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant;
Ford Rouge Plant;
New Center Stamping;
Plastic Omnium; and
Brose New Boston, Inc.
Additionally, MFG Day anchor-sites include:
Michigan Science Center; and
The Henry Ford.
American Graduate Day is a live seven-hour multiplatform broadcast that leverages the power and reach of public media to focus on organizations and individuals keeping kids on the path to graduation. American Graduate Day centers itself around career readiness and college completion, dropout prevention and re-engagement, and early education. The broadcast and online event features a mix of national and local segments from across the country that showcase how community organizations and individuals provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools.
HFC M-TEC Workforce & Professional Development is an anchor-site, partnering to inform students, parents and educators on career and technical education programs at HFC and job opportunities within skilled trades.
Mothers of professional football and basketball players will visit Henry Ford College (HFC) athletes from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, in the Athletic Memorial Building (Building H), located on the main campus. This meeting is part of their Sports Moms’ Impact Tour.
HFC is the fourth of 10 stops this tour will make in the Detroit area Oct. 9-10. These women will visit schools as well as domestic violence centers and homeless shelters in the Greater Detroit area. While on tour, they will share their own family stories about overcoming addictions, being a single mom, dealing with domestic violence, as well as their successes in spite of the many challenges they have faced. The message that they leave with these groups rings loudly – “Your NOW is NOT your future!”
The following are some of the inspirational women who will take part in the HFC visit:
· Deanna Moore, executive director of the I Think I Am Foundation and the mother of Kyle Moore, formerly of the Chicago Bears;
· Denise Wayne, president of the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA), and the mother of Reggie Wayne, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts;
· Connie Davis, mother of Anthony Adams, formerly of the Chicago Bears; and
· Dianne Bailey, mother of Rodney Bailey, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“We are excited that the Celebrity Sport Moms have included HFC on their Detroit tour. Their sons have achieved the highest level of participation in their sport while overcoming tremendous obstacles. I am sure they will inspire and motive our student-athletes,” said HFC Athletic Director Rochelle Taylor.