Forty-four Electronic Technology students from the Venango Technology Center (comprised of students from 7 local high schools) toured Conair this Spring. Mr. Tim Lyons, electronics instructor at the VTC, wanted his students to see a manufacturing facility where their skills could be put to use. Mr. Lyons also had an opportunity to reconnect with several former students who are now full-time Conair employees.
Conair electrical team leader Angelica Myers, and company president Jason Ganim, were tour guides for the day, showing the students many of the over 450 different pieces of auxiliary equipment that Conair produces in Venango County, PA. Angelica also serves on Mr. Lyons’ local board of advisors for the electronics class – where she offers insight into the industry and skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Angelica will also be a proctor at the local school when the students complete their NOCTI testing.
The tours were a good chance for students to learn a little about the plastics industry, and to witness first-hand what a manufacturing plant is like. They were also able to see different employment opportunities available to them in the future – from assembly to installation crews, to finance and purchasing, sales & marketing, engineering, human resources, information technology, and leadership/management roles.
Conair has been manufacturing equipment in Franklin, PA since 1956. One of the county’s largest (and oldest) employers, Conair has remained an ambassador for supporting local schools, businesses, and agencies. Over the past 67 years, Conair has welcomed hundreds of community, school, government, and industry club tours through the Franklin facility, while employing over 5,000 total people in Venango County since 1956.