Manufacturing Career Pathways

A work experience program taught by Chanhassen High School’s CTE teacher, Mark Lacy, provides students with the opportunity to meet with local employers in trades and manufacturing. The class recently visited Roberts Automatic Products, a precision production machining company in Chanhassen, for an on-site tour.

Changing the narrative for careers in trades and Industry 

There is a growing demand for skilled workers in the manufacturing and trades industry in Carver County. Eastern Carver County Schools was awarded a two-year Youth Skills Training Grant from the MN Department of Labor & Industry to help change the narrative about careers in these fields. New high school curriculum and learning experiences will increase enrollment in the district’s advanced manufacturing programs, increase student exposure to manufacturing careers, and provide opportunities for students to explore and ultimately become gainfully employed in high-demand/high-wage careers.

Work-based learning includes internships, mentoring, and apprenticeships. Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools recently offered Engineering, Manufacturing and Trades Career Fairs to connect students to local businesses. In addition, the district now partners with 12 local companies that will offer internships to senior students.

For more information or to become a business partner in this important work, contact Melissa Hansen, Manager of Marketing & Communications,

Partners in the Youth Skills Training Grant