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SASD 8th Grade Students Tour Kohler, Explore STEM Careers
As part of Kohler Co.'s semi-annual tour to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, nearly 200 eighth graders from Horace Mann Middle School and Warriner Middle School learned about product design, prototyping and testing at the Kohler campus recently. The event included a tour of manufacturing operations, presentations by Kohler engineers and technicians about current projects they're working on, and a career fair where students could learn more about the training and education needed to succeed in careers at Kohler and other area companies.

The Kohler STEM tour program started in 2013 when Kohler partnered with local school districts to address the growing manufacturing workforce shortage locally by encouraging students to consider STEM careers, which are important to the continued success of Sheboygan area manufacturers and the economy as a whole. As a premier manufacturer in Wisconsin, Kohler has a vested interest in ensuring a healthy workforce pipeline, supporting vibrancy and innovation in the U.S. manufacturing industry as a whole, and inspiring local youth to strive for success and recognize career opportunities right in their backyard.  Between the spring and summer tour dates, all Sheboygan County 8th graders (1,400 plus students) have the opportunity to participate in the tours.  They talk with Kohler engineers and manufacturing technicians, see the production floor, and visit our product labs, packaging lab and model shop (which are not normally open to the public as a lot of new product development and prototyping is done in these labs). A career fair also occurs in the cafeteria so students can learn about actual career paths before and after their tours.  

Horace Mann students listen to a presentation by a Kohler employee during their recent STEM tour.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
May 5, 2015