About the Awards

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite in Manufacturing & Outstanding Industry Educator Awards celebrates the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia.

“As the Explore Team has worked with students and educators to increase the understanding of manufacturing across the state, we have been amazed by student talent and poise. The educators involved in our programs are steadfast champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Directorof Explore the New Manufacturing.
The LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD recognizes individuals committed to manufacturing education. Through their dedication and leadership, the awardees have worked to help West Virginia students to excel in career readiness fields, technical education, or STEM classes that focus on
manufacturing careers.

The EMERGING ELITE IN MANUFACTURING Awards recognizes West Virginia high school students who have excelled in career readiness fields, technical education, and STEM classes that focus on manufacturing careers. Each awardee demonstrates workforce-ready skills and communication skills critical to successful employee performance.

The OUTSTANDING INDUSTRY EDUCATOR awardees are making positive impacts in the classroom. Student success is often the result of a dynamic teacher and inspires pupils to work harder to pursue a rewarding future. Awardees have championed students on multiple Explore the New Manufacturing events and in Career Technical Education endeavors.

Program Sponsors

Major financial underwriting is provided by

Upcoming Dates

28 May
STATE AWARDS Virtual Ceremony
Date 05.28.2024
5 Jun
Educator Roundtable
23 Jul
WVMA-EF Board Dinner
07.23.2024 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
24 Jul
WVMA-EF Board Retreat
07.24.2024 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Updates from Explore

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