On Thursday, October 27, students from all eight Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC) high schools took part in recognizing National Manufacturing Month by touring area manufacturing businesses as part of a career-based experience coordinated by the IASC NEXT Career Pathways program and funded by Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry Youth Skills Grant and Greater Twin Cities United Way grants. ASV, Northland Machine, and Swan Machine of Grand Rapids hosted 41 students from Deer River, Grand Rapids, Hill City and Northland. Cast Corporation, Detroit Reman and L & M Radiator of Hibbing welcomed 45 students from Bigfork, Floodwood, Greenway and Nashwauk-Keewatin. Manufacturing site tours are an important part of building a strong manufacturing workforce for the future. Thanks to all participating businesses and teachers who committed to providing this valuable step for students in the manufacturing career pathway. Pictures from this event may be accessed at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/qnExkNpNYg8yHHVa8 Please contact Joe Gabardi, IASC NEXT Career Pathways Manufacturing Teacher, at jgabardi@isd319.org ; 218-929-9175 or Scott Patrow at spatrow@isd6060.org ; 218-256l-5576 for more information.

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