Wall Begins Virtual Videos at Taylor Power Systems to Recruit Students to the Manufacturing Industry

Emily Wall using a 3D camera to record Taylor Power operations
Emily Wall using a 3D camera to record Taylor Power operations

CAVS-E's Emily Wall recently visited Taylor Power Systems in Clinton, MS, to begin a virtual manufacturing business model that will introduce and demonstrate the inner workings of a manufacturing facility to students across the state. These virtual reality videos will give viewers an overview of the manufacturing processes. Along with the virtual tour, Emily interviewed several employees in different job roles and asked them to describe their typical workday and responsibilities. These videos will be used to help recruit high school and college students in the manufacturing industry.

"Jobs in manufacturing are typically treated as a last resort for our youth based on the negative perceptions of those outside of the industry. Manufacturing is one of the top 5 industry sectors in the state and we want to bring more awareness to the positive aspects of today's manufacturing environment, such as cutting-edge innovation and career paths that lead to high quality jobs and competitive salaries," said CAVS-E's director Dr. Tonya McCall. "In addition, we want to highlight the individuals working in these environments by hearing their first-hand experience with working in this sector. As someone who's worked in manufacturing for over 20 years, manufacturing provides excellent growth and career path opportunities that students should consider and we are doing our small part to communicate that through this VR series as well as other K-12 exposure events."

The VR video project was made possible through an 'Industry 4.0 Skills Accelerator Training Program' grant that was awarded to CAVS-E by AccelerateMS under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

To learn more about virtual reality videos, contact Emily Wall at 662.325.0070 or ewall@cavse.msstate.edu, and to learn more about the programs and services offered by CAVS-E, visit cavse.msstate.edu