MECC to Co-Host Manufacture Your Career Event


Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College and Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing will co-host the Manufacture Your Career event, an afternoon panel discussion highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. 

The event will be held Tuesday, March 16 beginning at 1:30 via Zoom. A panel discussion featuring professionals in different positions within manufacturing organizations in Southwest Virginia will be held. Participants will include Leah Sawer, Chief Human Resource Officer for Real Performance Machinery, LLC, formerly Metalworx, Inc., Lisa Jones, Director-Human Resources and Safety for Hapco and Concord American Flagpole (VA, TX, MN, China), and Martha Rasnake, Senior Human Resources Advisor for General Dynamics Mission Systems. Panelists will discuss a range of topics including the types of careers available in manufacturing, soft skills sought after in the manufacturing sector, the future of manufacturing in Southwest Virginia, and more.

Students are encouraged to learn more on the growth of manufacturing, the possibility for advancement in the field, and the educational benefits an employer might provide to employees. Interested individuals should register for the event at Information for the Zoom Meeting will be distributed to the email address provided in the registration form.  For more information contact: Beth Boggs Kelly, Career & Transfer Counselor at