American Foundry Society to Offer Industry Tours, Student Night on March 12

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High school students interested in a metal casting career are encouraged to attend the Student Night at Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center on Tuesday, March 12.

The event, which is sponsored by the West Michigan Chapter of the American Foundry Society (AFS), is free but pre-registration is required. Students and their parents should contact their high school counselors. For more information, call Jeff Johnston, Muskegon Community College instructor, at (231) 777-0246 or Andy Scherf, Busche Aluminum Technologies, at (616) 935-3122.

Earlier in the day, participants will be able to tour local casting facilities and pattern shops at 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Tours of MCC’s state-of-the-art technology facilities will take place at 4 p.m. Beginning at 5 p.m., attendees can listen to and meet several industry-related speakers. Snacks, door prizes and raffles will be held. The program will end by 7 p.m.

The AFS acts as a voice to promote the metal casting industry in the west Michigan area. The chapter provides financing, materials, scholarships and instructors to high schools and colleges in an effort to aid in the creation of tomorrow’s industrial leaders.

The AFS promotes continued education beyond high school with information on area stipends and scholarships. The AFS plans on distributing over $12,000 this year to applicants. Throughout the year, the AFS works with area schools by bringing its traveling casting Foundry in a Box into classrooms, sponsoring drafting contests and internships, and donating time and materials to area robotics