Manufacturing Day Event Brings Businesses, Students Together

Two Leesburg businesses were the focal points during a Nov. 1 event that showcased employment opportunities that do not require college degrees, and offered students career options right in their backyard.

The Manufacturing Day event was organized in partnership with the Leesburg Economic Development Department, Loudoun County Public Schools, and the two businesses that participated last Friday, EIT and Stryker.

Economic Development Director Russell Seymour said it was an event he’s replicated in other jurisdictions. He hopes to make it an annual offering in Leesburg.

“The idea behind it … is getting students to understand there are local jobs that do not require a college degree, that have very livable salaries and an opportunity to grow and expand,” he said.

Seymour added that many local manufacturing-type companies are always telling him they are hiring or looking for more employees. Many of these companies will provide or pay for training, offering high school graduates jobs without the burdens of loan debt that many college students face.

Last week’s inaugural event featured students from Freedom High School, with groups split between EIT and Stryker, both Leesburg-based businesses.

Students from Freedom High School, wearing special conductive garments to cut down on static electricity discharge and protect delicate electronic components, tour the manufacturing floor at EIT in Leesburg. [Renss Greene/Loudoun Now]

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