Students tour MicroPort for Manufacturing Day

Students tour MicroPort for Manufacturing Day
Posted on 10/11/2018
Walk into the lobby of MicroPort Orthopedics in Arlington and you'll find posters of Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback, endorsing the company's product.

The NFL Hall of Famer and 3-time Sports Emmy Award-winner recently signed on as an endorser of the company's artificial knee system - a product designed and produced at the Arlington headquarters.

Showing the posters of Bradshaw's endorsement was the final stop on the tour for Arlington Middle and High School students during last week's Manufacturing Day. It brought home the point that not only are the products designed and made in Arlington but that they're actually helping people's lives, even the most recognizable names in professional football.

Manufacturing Day offered two opportunities: a chance for MicroPort employees to inspire young minds and for students to see the work manufacturers do on a daily basis. AHS Mechatronics and STEM I students and AMS' STEM I classes toured the facility and saw how the products were made from start to finish. 

They also met with some of the company's engineers and operation specialists to learn about their day-to-day jobs and duties.

"We want to make sure we're introducing our students to these type of jobs as early as possible," said Carolyn Weirich, ACS Secondary Education Supervisor. "That's why we believe it's so important to offer these tours to both middle and high school students so we can spark their interests early."

This is the second year Manufacturing Day has been held at MicroPort, and this year the program is expanding to Arlington's Wright Medical - students will tour its facility later this month.

"We're preparing the future workforce, so it's vital that we show our students they can stay here in the Memphis-Arlington area to find great jobs," Weirich added. "MicroPort and Wright Medical opening their doors are helping us achieve that goal, so we're forever grateful for these partnerships."