Learn About Manufacturing from Young Professionals

Students have more options than ever, and making a decision on career directions can be stressful. Our Manufacturing Navigator program helps students understand twenty-first century  manufacturing careers and how they can contribute to the growth of the digital age and Industry 4.0. Our Navigators are young, but experienced manufacturing professionals who will come to your classroom to share their personal experience and unique perspectives on today’s manufacturing.

Guiding Students Through the Industry

Often overlooked or underdiscussed, manufacturing is one of the largest and fastest growing fields because it is at the center of some of the most innovative products and practices today. Manufacturers work with robotics, data, artificial intelligence, programming, and much more. Students often are unaware of the various opportunities within the industry. Educating students and providing them with industry awareness, job outlook, daily activities, and first-hand accounts allows students to realize their potential to prosper in the manufacturing industry. 

Who are Navigators?

Navigators are manufacturing industry ambassadors dedicated to increasing industry awareness. Our Navigators use their personal, educational, and professional experience to tell the story of careers in manufacturing, explain the journey to becoming a successful manufacturing professional, and offer increased visibility inside a manufacturers daily life. 

Our Manufacturing Navigators program is a year long engagement with young professionals. Below you will see the stories of 8 wonderful individuals that will be sharing their personal experiences and knowledge with students through 2024.

How do I get a Navigator to interact with my students?

Navigators will be participating in various events and panel discussions throughout their year in the program. We will be posting about the upcoming events in our blog and on our social media accounts. 

Contact Hannah Kusenko hkusenko@catalystconnection.org if you are interested in having a Navigator speak in your classroom!

Past Manufacturing Navigators

Below you will see our past Manufacturing Navigators from the 21-22 cohort and the 22-23 cohort. These individuals had a experience working with students. Read their awesome stories below!

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