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Exploring the Future - Lean Manufacturing

This past Monday, Spectrum hosted another Chippewa County Explorer Program (CCEP) event. The focus this month was on Lean Manufacturing and included presenters from the UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC).
CCEP is a new collaborative program between Chippewa County, the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, and the Boy Scouts of America to add an addition to the Scouts' Explorer Program, which provides hands-on career experiences to scouts starting at age 12.

Presenters from the UW-Stout MOC discussed the ideas behind Lean Manufacturing practices. They had the students split into teams and work through a manufacturing process by using legos to build airplanes. Students worked in teams in competition to apply the principles of Lean Manufacturing to their process.




Spectrum Explorers will meet the first Monday of each month to learn about all the various aspects of manufacturing, including:
  • Research & Development
  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Skilled Trades
  • Logistics
  • Business/Accounting
In addition all of this, participants will receive soft skills training such as how to conduct themselves in an interview and how responsible, productive employees should act.

For more information on the Spectrum Explorers events please contact Jennifer Lindstrom: 715-738-2169 or jlindstrom@spectrumfurniture.com


About the CCEP
Chippewa County businesses are opening their doors to youth and adults to share potential career opportunities in Chippewa County via the CCEP! The CCEP is a new program designed to assist Chippewa County young adults (ages 12-20) make a more informed decision about future careers and determine if a particular career is the right one for them. This program is a worksite-based program that gives Chippewa County youths an opportunity to visit local businesses and explore the dynamics of various local careers. Career Exploring is new to Chippewa County and aims to help participants learn more about careers that can be pursued locally.

These Chippewa County businesses have made a commitment to Chippewa County’s youth and career development by hosting a Career Explorer Post at their business. Youth may choose which Explore Post they want to participate at- each post will provide insight into educational requirements, job outlook, and vocational skills necessary to pursue careers in that particular field.

CCEDC encourages all Chippewa County young adults ages 12-20 to participate in an open house opportunity and ultimately choose an Explorer Post in Chippewa County to participate in. For more information about the CCEP contact Alyssa Kellagher, Exploring Executive at alyssa.kellagher@lflmail.org or (715) 514-8418.

About the UW-Stout MOC
The UW-Stout MOC builds on its strong track record in working with industry leaders to put their companies on a path to positive growth and sustainable profitability. Through its strong partner networks, the MOC brings together resources and knowledge that help manufacturers become more efficient and effective. People interested in economic development seek out the organization to infuse innovation and best practices throughout the region. The Center has achieved clarity of its organizational design, and the MOC staff strives to strengthen the connections to University of Wisconsin-Stout as a means of delivering even better service to clients. For more information about the UW-Stout MOC email: moc@uwstout.edu or call 866-880-2262
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