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Manufacturing Day 2022 Recap

by Christina Moore, WFD Customer Success Manager 

In its first in-person Manufacturing Day event since COVID, NextFlex hosted 48 students in Ellen Westlake’s Engineering class from Independence High School at its headquarters in San Jose, CA. Manufacturing Day is held annually on the first Friday in October with the goal of showing students, parents, and the public what advanced manufacturing is all about. This year’s event at NextFlex was put on in partnership with Manufacture : San Jose whose mission is to help companies start, grow and stay in San Jose.  

Over the course of the day, students interacted with NextFlex engineers and technologists on a panel, at a demo station, and through a Fab tour. These students were able to see firsthand how 21st century manufacturing is transforming lives in aerospace, automotive, healthcare, energy, digital home, and wearables.  

NextFlex joined thousands of manufacturers across the nation in this effort to show the public the incredible opportunities available in the advanced manufacturing sector. In California, manufacturing continues to provide highly skilled and highly paid jobs that create thriving communities. In the US, millions of jobs in the manufacturing sector will need to be filled in the next decade; today’s students are the future workforce. By introducing them to these manufacturing career pathways in high school or earlier, students can make informed decisions about their education pathway in post-secondary school.  

Since NextFlex opened its doors, more than 10,500 K-12 students have been introduced to the advanced manufacturing sector and flexible hybrid electronics.

To watch Dr. Scott Miller, NextFlex Director of Technology, give an inspiring Manufacturing Day speech and to view a 360-degree tour of the NextFlex Technology Hub, click here.


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