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Center for Advanced Learning, Mt. Hood Community College entice future 'makers' to create.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A student from Center for Advanced Learning works on a project in the school's manufacturing technology center. Because there's big demand for workers to fill manufacturing jobs locally and across the U.S., two area schools are having celebrations of all things manufacturing to spark interest in the field.

The Center for Advanced Learning is hosting Makers Gone Pro, an event to highlight careers in manufacturing and industrial engineering.

The event is from 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. The Center for Advanced Learning, a public charter school high school, will demonstrate its 3D printers, laser cutters, robots and flight simulator. Representatives from industry will be on hand to give folks advice on job searches. CAL is at 1484 N.W. Civic Drive.

The local events coincide with National Manufacturing Day, which is officially observed on Friday, Oct. 6.

Mt. Hood Community College is observing the day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The college's applied technologies division is hosting an event for young women and men to explore jobs focused on manufacturing and industrial sectors.

Spaces are limited and reservations are recommended. Register online at bit.ly/2evAp3m.

The day will include remarks by industry executives and breakout sessions with hands-on activities on welding, machining, engineering, automotive technology and mechatronics, which is a discipline that merges electronics, mechanical engineering, computer engineering and other technical skills.

Participants will get a campus tour and lunch.

Sponsors and partners for the MHCC event include: The city of Gresham, Oregon Tradeswomen Inc., Worksystems Inc, WorkSource Portland Metro East and the Manufacturing Day group.

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