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STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT POSSIBLE FUTURES IN TECHNICAL JOBS

Students wondering how to move from high school to a technician job in a local company will get answers at the Advanced Manufacturing Expo. The expo shines the spotlight on local manufacturing and shows off the opportunities available in Gaston County."This is really the first time in a long time we have a countywide focus on highlighting the technical jobs," said Karen Gilbert, director of Gaston County Schools career and technical education program. "How can we get the word out that there are some good middle-skills technical jobs out there that employers are looking for?" Around 450 juniors and seniors from Gaston and Lincoln counties will come to the Gastonia Conference Center Tuesday to learn more about a bevy of manufacturing jobs from 21 local employers ranging from Aptar Group Inc. to Wilbert Plastics.Today's manufacturing jobs are more high tech, said Gilbert. Students with interests in science and math will find many ways to apply those skills in technical jobs within the manufacturing field. Industry leaders will give students the scoop on how to move into the manufacturing workplace, what employers are looking for and how to get the skills they'll need to be successful.

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