Manufacturer’s Association hosts Career Day at SMHS
By Iris Campbell
San Marcos CISD
Juniors and seniors from the San Marcos High School Academy of Applied Sciences participated in the annual Career Day presented recently by the San Marcos Manufacturing Association.
Tom Landers, SMHS construction teacher, said the presentations were wonderful — “just what the students needed to hear about the jobs available in San Marcos.”
His thoughts were echoed by Bob Schima, physics teacher and former engineer, who was pleased with the presentations by the businesses and the students’ participation.
Six of the largest manufacturing business in San Marcos talked to small groups of students. Speakers for the businesses were Rick Gonzales and Larry Mock from Mensor; Rick Hernandez from Thermon Manufacturing; Lourdes Holguin from CFAN; Greg Leonardis from Ember Industries; Britney Knowles and Ashley Rogus from Phillips Lighting; and Bill Major and Misty Steinecke from Altra Couplings.
According to Pam Guettner, director of Career and Technical Education at SMHS, students were given information about education requirements, salary ranges, how products are used and who buys the products.
Greg Leonardis, president of the San Marcos Manufacturing Association, spoke to all the students about manufacturing in San Marcos. He gave information about the different kinds of manufacturing and encouraged the students to consider a career in manufacturing.
Rick Hernandez and Bill Major are San Marcos High School graduates who told students how they climbed the ladder in their companies.
Guettner said, “I was very proud of our students who were polite, attentive, and asked appropriate questions.”