CTE students visit world’s fifth-largest factory in nearby Waller

October 25, 2018

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Langham Creek High School junior Melanie Sanchez uses an air drill in a practice lab during a “Manufacturing Day” tour at the Daikin Texas Technology Park in Waller on Oct. 5.

Oct. 25, 2018—Fifty-six career and technical education (CTE) students from three CFISD high schools took the unique opportunity to tour the fifth-largest factory in the world—and only had to travel a few miles from home to do so.

Students from Bridgeland, Cypress Lakes and Langham Creek high schools participated in “Manufacturing Day” at the Daikin Texas Technology Park in Waller on Oct. 5. Opened in 2017, the 4-million-square-foot facility employees more than 5,000 people and manufactures all Daikin, Goodman and Amana residential and commercial-use HVAC products.

While on the tour, students interacted with Daikin employees, visited “dojo” training rooms where employees can practice skills like welding and drilling and witnessed the expansive facility that is a beacon of American manufacturing.

“I have driven by this building but I wasn’t expecting anything like this at all,” said Rey Yohe, Cypress Lakes senior. “I was very impressed. The tour was amazing. It was fascinating seeing everything being manufactured. It was an eye-opening experience.”

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Bridgeland High School students, from left, Zachary Tesarek, Connor Horgan and Avery Gunter join Bridgeland CTE instructor Josh Simmons look out over the 4 million square-foot Daikin Texas Technology Park during Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5.

Daikin representatives were enthusiastic about welcoming the contingency from CFISD, where 130 CTE courses are offered across 14 career clusters, and more than 64 industry certification opportunities are available to students.

“The reason we’re doing Manufacturing Day is we want to tell all the kids in Cy-Fair that we have great, stable career opportunities for them in a wonderful work environment,” said Wendy Hall, Goodman Manufacturing communications manager. “We’re right here in Cy-Fair’s backyard and we have 7,000 job opportunities. Bringing the kids out who are in technical education and showing them what they can do with their skill set is important for them and for our future growth as well.”

The Daikin tour gave CTE students interested in potential manufacturing or engineering careers a taste of a future job opportunity.

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Fifty-six CFISD students from Bridgeland, Cypress Lakes and Langham Creek high schools take a guided tour above the world’s fifth-largest factory, Daikin Texas Technology Park, on Oct. 5.

“After high school I want to be an engineer, and it really appeals to me that everything in the factory had a time, a place, a category or a system,” said Isaac Warring, Langham Creek junior. “That organization speaks to me and gives me hope for the future, both academically and the workforce.”

The tour aligned with the CTE program’s mission of providing students with coherent and rigorous content that provides relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for careers in current and emerging professions.

“Manufacturing Day was a positive and informative experience for our students,” said Mark Williams, CTE curriculum coordinator. “The tour of Daikin extended the learning environment beyond the school facility, thus emphasizing the relationship between school and work. The tour strengthened our partnerships with business and industry and reinforced the fact that what is being taught in school will be needed in the world of work.”

For more information on CFISD’s CTE program, visit www.cfisd.net/cte.

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CTE students experience a sound demo as part of their tour of the Daikin Texas Technology Park on Oct. 5.

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