Young manufacturers get chance to broaden their horizons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – What is a child's idea of a dream job? Could it be a doctor, a lawyer, or something else? Several children Friday were able to broaden their horizons with the help of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

Over 600 students have spent the past week at the Young Manufacturers Academy in Little Rock, as the Chamber of Commerce tried to shed a positive light on manufacturing. The industry is reportedly facing a shortage in skilled workers.

This academy served to show children that with the right skills, they can be creative, innovative, and, even contrary to popular belief, earn a high wage.

"There's over 600,000 positions available, and Arkansans need to know it's here. The kids need to be focused on their careers and know where they are going," said Teresa Harper, site coordinator.

The conference wrapped up Friday, and the kids are leaving with some pretty cool skills. Some even had the opportunity to build a robot.


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