ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Friday marked the 4th annual Chemung County Manufacturing Day at the GST Boces Bush Campus. Students of all ages got a chance to learn more about the many manufacturing opportunities in the area.

High schoolers could meet face-to-face with local Manufacturing companies in the Southern Tier and learn how their operation works.There were a lot of hands-on activities like building things out of Legos, making fire hydrants out of Play-Doh, and even taking a shot at a virtual reality experience. For the students, they say it was great to experience what the manufacturing field has to offer. 

"As a senior in high school, like I don't exactly know what I want to do when I'm older," said Horseheads High School student, Kyle Wayman. "I don't exactly have my life planned out yet. So having exposure to so many different industries is really helping me kind of filter out what I want to do and what I'm not interested in."

Organizers say the event is a great way to introduce the manufacturing field to the next generation. 

"It just kind of shows that there's a lot of potential for these kinds of jobs in our area," said Chemung County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, Kamala Keeley. "There great jobs, they're really good paying. They typically pay about $20,000 more than your standard private sector job. That's great for kids to know that."