by: Ryan Mannion – Business Development Specialist

wblionsRecently, Coghlin Companies and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Columbia Tech and Cogmedix, had the distinct pleasure of hosting a group of 10 students from West Boylston High School’s Lions Scholars Program, representing the school’s top achievers.

Sarah Fisher, Sales and Marketing Communications Associate, and Bill Laursen, Senior VP Sales and Strategy, gave these exceptional students a presentation that included an overview of what Coghlin Companies does on a daily basis and examples of the types of product development and contract manufacturing projects they take part in.  Laura Deming, Senior VP of Engineering, gave a talk about engineering career paths and Shawn MacCartney, Project Engineer, presented a case study on a recently completed engineering project.

Sarah then guided the group on a tour of the manufacturing facilities and joined them for lunch, sharing some career, life and education wisdom (Sarah is also a graduate of West Boylston High School). When asked what she felt was the most valuable advice she offered that day, Sarah responded, “Students should make it a point to push themselves out of their comfort zones and try something new. Engineering or manufacturing may not seem like an obvious career path when you’re a sophomore or junior in high school, but if you keep your options and your eyes open, the unexpected could turn into the perfect opportunity.”

Coghlin Companies hosts visits like these often for students and other youth organizations as part of  its commitment of  giving back to the community and  providing mentoring and  guidance to the next generation of caring associates.