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Students celebrate OC Manufacturing week as they learn and observe the inner workings of Hydraflow, a company that specializes in creating engineered solutions for the fluid transfer industry.


his past year, the North Orange

other businesses to present the first OC

average wages. The need for employees will

County Chamber (NOCC)

Manufacturing Week. The program, to be

continue to grow as global markets expand.”

through its workforce division

presented again this October, provided

NOC WORKS, has been working with the

an opportunity to introduce over 100

Orange County Department of Education

high school students to the world of

and the North Orange County Community

manufacturing. Businesses participating in

College District (NOCCCD) to strengthen

the first year’s program included Hydraflow

partnerships benefiting our local business

and PacMin, both based in Fullerton.

community. The Chamber has provided leadership for education and workforce development acting as a convener and increasing partnerships between the business community and educators, creating work-based learning opportunities for students and engaging with communitybased organizations.

“Engaging businesses during Orange County Manufacturing Week brought the world of design and production directly to the students,” explained Theresa Harvey, President and CEO of NOCC. “We are now beginning the process of planning and growing the program for the next two years and beyond. A State survey released in

As part of the program, the Chamber

December showed that hiring within Orange

collaborated with California Manufacturing

County’s manufacturing sector continues

Technology Consulting (CMTC) and

to improve providing jobs that pay above


Because not every business can open their doors to students, the Chamber also is working to introduce students to career opportunities via an online platform hosted by Nepris. In partnership with OC Pathways and the Orange County Department of Education, this online community enables teachers to virtually invite professionals into the classroom to link learning objectives to real work application. The Chamber has engaged with a variety of businesses in this venture including Strategy Beach, Crittenton Services for Children and Families and PacMin. Nepris is working to identify additional businesses with which to collaborate in the coming year.

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