Students go behind-the-scenes of manufacturing companies to see their work

Published: Oct. 4, 2018 at 7:48 PM MDT
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Students from Canyon Ridge High School visited different manufacturing plants across the Magic Valley to see what they do behind-the-scenes.

"We have manufacturing all throughout our communities but they really don’t know what’s going on," said Nathan Hyer, the automated manufacturing teacher for the high school. He was referring to the students who don't know all that goes into the industry.

The day is dubbed Manufacturing Day, a partnership with Southern Idaho Economic Development, the College of Southern Idaho and the city of Twin Falls.

Hyer said there were three groups in total. Each group goes on two tours to the facilities. Those companies included Jerome Cheese, Kapstone, Jayco and more.

General Manager David Crawford, of Kapstone, told KMVT it was exciting to share their history and what the company does.

Students walked around with workers for about an hour in Kapstone, learning how they package their cardboard and explained where the shipments go.

"I was surprised about all the stuff that goes on. There’s a lot more to it than just the machines," said Lucas Uker, a junior at the high school.

Students from all grades at the high school joined the tours, including Hyer's automated manufacturing class.

"It’s a great opportunity for some of the younger ones to start off on the right foot and those that are ready to graduate get a good idea for jobs," Hyer explained.

Student Eli Brown said he enjoyed going on the tour.

"It’s fantastic. Like you just get to know what’s going on, what actually happens, how everything comes out and turns out to be," he said.

Hyer said he hopes the students learn how "awesome" the environment of manufacturing can be.

"It’s one of those things that I've talked to many people about and once they’ve been in there, they started working, it gets in your blood. It just really starts to inspire you," he told KMVT.

Crawford said he started working in a factory 40 years ago as a fork lifter, and now he is a general manager for the company.

"It’s a great opportunity and when you start your journey after high school you just never know where it may take you, but keep your eyes open, look for opportunities for advancement and it’s an exciting world out there," he said.

"I definitely appreciate it more now that I see how it's done and what they do," said Andrew Sterner, a ninth grade student.

Following the facility tours, the students went to the College of Southern Idaho and checked out their advanced technology integration center.

"To see what other opportunities they have after high school to further their education," Hyer explained.