A Successful Night of Experiential Learning with Manufacturers

On February 22, roughly 100 students and parents from the St. Vrain Valley School district were able to tour multiple manufacturing facilities across the Boulder and Weld county region for a night of experiential learning. Tours were arranged by the Boulder Area Manufacturing Sector Partnership — a convening of regional manufacturers that routinely come together to discuss and develop solutions for challenges faced within their industry.


Tour locations included:

EmersonBI, Inc

The sector partnership currently has four strategic priorities — workforce and talent development, supply chain, operations improvement, and public policy. By far, the most engaging topic is the development of new talent for an aging workforce. The inaugural ‘Parent Night’ event wasn’t designed to connect students to current job openings, but to expose them to careers or industries they may not know exist.

I loved seeing my child so engaged with the tour guide, asking questions and showing the curiosity of a young child as a high school student. I know he is pursuing the right career after seeing him on the tour.

— Parent, 10th Grader at Erie High School

School districts like St. Vrain and Boulder Valley regularly engage manufacturers to gain insight into skill develop, certifications, and evolving technology to ensure high school coursework remains relevant and easily transitions students to post-secondary opportunities, including careers.

We are extremely grateful for our partnership with the Boulder Chamber and the Boulder Area Manufacturing Sector Partnership. They provide us with invaluable industry connections and help foster meaningful work-based learning experiences for our students.

— Buck Webber, Assistant Principal, CETC


The Boulder Chamber and its partners look forward to growing this event and similar programs focused on career exploration and work-based learning.

For more information about the Boulder Area Manufacturing Sector Partnership and how to get engaged as a manufacturer, visit the link below.

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