The newly opened Advanced Technology Center at Gulf Coast State College was on display for many area high school students, Friday.
In honor of Manufacturing Day, Gulf coast opened it's doors to help the students realize career possibilities that could be available to them in certain career fields.
The students were there on a field trip from the career technical departments of their respective high schools.
They got the grand tour of the building and the chance to meet instructors and industry representatives who helped to show them what an education in manufacturing could mean for their future.
"What better way to excite high school students about manufacturing, than to show them cool machines, meet instructors and to connect it to industry representatives," said Naisy Dolar, Florida Trade Advanced Technology Grant Coordinator.
Once the students left campus, County Commissioner Guy Tunnel made it official, as he proclaimed October 4th Manufacturing Day in Bay County.
After which, representatives from nine different manufacturing companies and the college, signed an agreement to work together to help base future educational programs on the current needs in the industry.