NORTHBROOK, Ill.—A group of 75 students from a nearby high school participated in a Manufacturing Day event held Oct. 7 at Rogan Corp.
Rogan, an injection molder of liquid silicone rubber and thermoplastic medical, industrial and consumer products, hosted students from Glenbrook North High School who are enrolled in Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering Design courses.
The students toured the facility, met with Rogan managers and molding and design specialists, and learned more about careers in the industry.
Mary Kosirog, Glenbrook North's career and life skills instructional supervisor, coordinated the event. Other administrators who attended include Glenbrook North engineering instructor Jason Berg, principal John Finan, transitional vocational coach Ron Gatchalian and digital learning specialist Kevin Braun.
“By opening our facility and sharing our expertise with these students, we hoped to encourage them to consider careers in manufacturing, and in the plastics industry, in particular,” Pamela Newman, Rogan's chief operating officer, said in a news release.
The day began with introductory comments by Newman and senior Rogan technical managers, and it included guided tours of the stages of development of molded products. It culminated in lunch and a question-and-answer session in which students were encouraged to ask Rogan team members about any topics, from technical processes and challenges in designing molded products to career opportunities.