Expanded CTE Attendance at ProMat Mirrors Growth of Program
ProMat 2017 marked the fourteenth consecutive year that MHI has welcomed students and their instructors to Student Days. Since 2015, the event includes an extensive schedule of Classroom Day activities within the walls of McCormick Place on Wednesday, and a second day of off-site distribution center tours hosted by companies within the Chicagoland area.
The event is sponsored and underwritten by MHI’s College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) and Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program—in partnership with the Material Handling Education Foundation Inc. (MHEFI) and the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA). In 2010, the sponsors began welcoming students and instructors from high schools, trade and technical schools, community colleges and correctional institutions to join the college and university scholars in attendance.
These students represent MHI’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program, which has grown tremendously, with numerous schools nationwide basing their curriculum on CTE’s four Fundamentals of Warehousing and Distribution textbooks. Likewise, as the number of CTE schools has expanded, so too has the number of CTE students attending Student Days. In fact, ProMat 2017 saw 97 CTE participants and 167 university- and college-level students—the largest numbers ever at the event.