The Ayers Campus of Gadsden State Community College hosts the “Explore Manufacturing” program April 2-5 and April 7.

This program, offering creative outreach activities to educate interested potential students in high-demand career fields, is made possible by the Alabama Legislature’s grant for projects in the areas of science, technology, engineering arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The Legislature allocated $250,000 for projects that align with regional workforce development strategies, priorities and targeted occupations. The program will be made up of various workshops in different areas of interest. This specific program is available to students age 17 and older.

Admission to each program is free, and adults seeking training or new career opportunities are invited to attend. High school students can attend alone, but parents are encouraged and welcome to attend.

“The Alabama Department of Labor reports a demand (for) electricians, industrial machine mechanics, machinists and welders in our area,” said Michele Conger, director of the Ayers Campus. “We want to attract potential students to fill the demands in these critical fields that are so important to Alabama’s workforce and economy. We are providing the opportunity to experience actual hands-on demonstrations these careers include. Gadsden State’s Ayers Campus offers associate degrees and certificates in each of the careers we are featuring during Explore Manufacturing.”

All programs, except for April 7, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. On the agenda:

• April 2: Electrifying Your Future — Electrical Technology and Industrial Automation

• April 3: Evening in Engineering — Electronics Engineering

• April 4: Programming a Successful Future — Precision Machining and CNC Programming

• April 5: Designing Your Career — Drafting, Design and Computer-aided Design

• April 7: 9-11 a.m. Welding Weekend

More information as well as a video about “Explore Manufacturing” can be viewed at www.gadsdenstate.edu/technical. Those interested are encouraged to register for the workshops by calling 256-835-5451.