The DeWitt Chamber & Development Company is collaborating with the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council to host its bi-yearly Manufacturing & STEM Fest at Central DeWitt High School from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. 

This event primarily aims to engage students in grades 7-12 from rural Clinton County School Districts (Calamus-Wheatland, Central DeWitt, Northeast and St. Joe’s).

The event offers local manufacturers and businesses an opportunity to illustrate their products and services and to promote career opportunities available in our region to this future workforce. 

National Manufacturing Day was developed to help educate communities about the manufacturing environment and to increase awareness about challenges facing the industry. Please visit the website, http://www.mfgday/com, for more information.

In an effort to keep the event fresh, the DCDC is organizing different sessions based on grade level. 

Seventh- and eighth-grade students will tour the Career Technical Education (CTE) rooms and see what types of programs will be available to them during their high school years. 

High-schoolers (grades 9-12) will hear from speakers from Clinton Community College as well as speakers from the manufacturing industry. They also may visit with local professionals in a variety of industries in a “Roundtable” setting to further answer any questions as well as learn more about a potential career path. 

All grades will participate in the STEM Fest Business Expo, which will include hands-on interactive booths, illustrating how manufactures are using or supporting the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).