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ATCC and area businesses host tours



Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) and area businesses hosted tours for Kimball Area High School students in November. Over four days of tours, eight businesses and the college provided approximately 400 students from 17 high schools with a walk-through presentation of manufacturing and construction careers. Hosting businesses included: Aagard Group, Alexandria Extrusion, Brenton Engineering Company, Douglas Machines, ITW Heartland, Massman Automation Designs, Pro Fab Company, and Swedberg Wood Products.

While this tour has been an annual event for the college, high schools, and many of the businesses for several years, it reaches a new group of high school students each time. Similar to the Tour of Manufacturing event that was hosted Oct. 30 for area residents, this event is an opportunity for students to explore the distinct environments of the region's advanced manufacturing facilities and construction businesses. Students have a unique chance not only to explore the workplace setting, but they are also given the option to consider the educational programs that can lead to careers in those businesses. ATCC and participating businesses work together to provide students with information that helps them make informed decisions about their futures.

During the Alexandria Technical and Community College tour, Kimball Area High School students were able to visit with instructors and students in the manufacturing, construction, and mechanic/technician divisions and learn about programs within those divisions:

Center for Applied Mechatronics

* Energy Technical Specialist

* Fluid Power Technology

* Machine Assembly Specialist

* Mechatronics

Carpentry

Concrete Mason

Construction Site Supervisor

Diesel Mechanics

Machine Tool Technology

Marine and Small Engine Mechanic

Mechanical Drafting, Design, & Engineering

Truck Driving

Welding Technology