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WHS and MRHS Students participate in National Manufacturing Day


Last updated 10/11/2022 at 1:17pm | View PDF

Mike Alexander

Thirty-four Widefield and Mesa Ridge high school students took part in National Manufacturing Day activities last Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Allegion factory located at 3899 Hancock Expressway on the north side of Security.

Allegion, whose factory was known as Schlage Lock until a name change a few years ago, makes keys, mechanical and electronic locks and cylinders, as well as high-security credentials for commercial buildings. It employs more than 375 employees in its Colorado Springs plant.

National Manufacturing Day is a program, now in its eighth year, that highlights career opportunities for high school students by showing them some of the operations and equipment used in manufacturing. Allegion offers students internships, skilled trade apprenticeships, early career and tuition reimbursement programs.

National Manufacturing Day and month are presented by the National Association of Manufacturers with the overall goal of educating and inspiring the next generation of manufacturers. Hundreds of companies across America participate in the program, hosting tens of thousands of potential future workers who are now in high school.

Mike Alexander

Organizers of Allegion's Manufacturing Day hope that those students who have the opportunity to see these jobs up close and hear from current Allegion employees on the innovation that's inherent to the industry and their roles today, will consider manufacturing jobs as part of their own futures.

The Manufacturing Institute says that by 2030, more than 2.1 million manufacturing jobs may go unfilled because of a skilled worker shortage.

Allegion says its employees start at an average of $17 to $21 dollars per hour, plus benefits.

This year's event was the first since 2019 to be held in person. The 2020 and 2021 events were held virtually because of the limitations imposed by the COVID virus.


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