Co-Line helps eighth graders explore manufacturing careers

Lynnville-Sully eighth graders visited Co-Line on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Divided into three groups, the students had the opportunity to tour both buildings. In the north building, the students learned about a variety of machines and activities with tour guides Eric Leonard and Sam Collins. They were able to interact with some machine operations by pushing the palm buttons on a press and watched the VMC cut after closing the door and pushing the start button. The quality office was a big hit! One student from each group volunteered to have either their head or hand scanned by the 3D laser scanner, so that was something new and exciting for them.

An L-S eighth grader tries his hand at running a stamping press at Co-Line.

An L-S eighth grader tries his hand at running a stamping press at Co-Line.

Co-Line employees Zach McClellan, Baker Zegers, and Cory Tice shared their career paths with the students to help them think about finding a career they would like to do long term. Linda Russell shared how the things they are learning in school are still important in the workplace by sharing Co-Line values and the similarities to the Character Counts program.

While touring the south building, one student in each group got to try on full welding gear while learning about welding operations. Dan Schutte also had a trivia contest for the students, who had to guess how many feet of welding wire was in a spool.  The closest guess won a Co-Line “Inspire” T-shirt.

The field trip was a successful day of sharing the interesting and rewarding opportunities available in manufacturing.  The students were attentive and enjoyed the interactive activities, and Co-Line had the pleasure of sharing what we do with young, impressionable minds.

Following the tour, Lynnville-Sully guidance counselor Nicole DeBoef wrote the following note: “The trip was a success! Many students gave it a two-thumbs-up. I heard one student say they were surprised at how Co-Line hiring process was based upon character and another say, ‘I know what I want to do now for my career! I want to work at Co-Line!’ I think it is important to make real-world connections with students. I think it makes them excited for their future goals and enhances their academic learning.”

An L-S eighth grader tries on welding gear while her classmates look on.

An L-S eighth grader tries on welding gear while her classmates look on.