Last month DI opened its doors to the youth of the Kansas City area. We have been trying to do our part in inspiring students to seek a career in manufacturing by showing them what really happens in a firm like ours. Ben Brown, DI engineering manager, has been leading the effort with several initiatives.
The engineering and manufacturing team ran a half day session where students and teachers from schools in the Shawnee Mission School District came in to try their hands at manufacturing. Students and teachers alike had the opportunity to make a small assembly using DI engineering CAD software and the manufacturing computer controlled routers. The aim of the session was to show students how they could be successful in whatever career they choose by developing their soft skills alongside technical skills.
The day was a great success and we are hoping to do more in the future.
Check out the article written by the Overland Park Economic Development Council about Dimensional Innovations partnership with the Shawnee Mission Schools (p.11) http://www.opchamber.org/upload/file/April2009.pdf