Teachers from two local county school systems participated in Honda Manufacturing of Alabama’s education roundtable.
The STEM Industry Externship Program, organized by the Alabama Department of Commerce, gives educators the opportunity to learn about the Honda plant’s workforce development efforts.
Teachers from the Talladega County School System and the Cleburne County School System participated in a full day of activities, including a tour of the AIDT Honda Training Center and the plant’s Line 2 logistics, weld, AF-2 and VQ areas. The tour focused on technical and work-related skills needed in modern manufacturing. The teachers also met with local plant leaders.
“I think the teachers certainly benefitted from the time spent here. Hopefully they can use the new understanding they have of our company to better prepare their students for careers with us,” said Scott Haywood, staff engineer technical training, MESD Department, Alabama Auto Plant.
Honda participates in multiple workforce development events each year. It hosts high school career days and events for students and teachers for the annual National Manufacturing Day. Honda also works with engineering programs at the University of Alabama, Auburn University and Jacksonville State University, encouraging students to explore opportunities and internships at the plant.
Honda also hosts the Gear Up Your Career tent at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama during race weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham. This gives race fans and attendees an opportunity to get an up-close look at automotive manufacturing.