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Explore Academy Gets Middle School Students Excited About Manufacturing Careers

Charleston, WV, December 17, 2021 – Explore the New Manufacturing Academy hosted a group of middle school students and area manufacturers to investigate some of the diverse and fantastic career opportunities that help West Virginia manufacturers deliver their products to the world.

Explore is once again holding in-person learning events!

Twenty-one months is a long time to wait, but we are pleased to announce that Explore the New Manufacturing is once again holding in-person learning events.  We are eager for January, when all our programs will be in full swing. So far, over 75 manufacturing partners and 50 schools are signed up to help us make the 2021-2022 school year our biggest year to date!

A few highlights to look forward to:

  • Nominations open on January 10th for the 2022 “Emerging Elite in Manufacturing” and “Outstanding Industry Educator” awards.
  • The What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest is expanding to four regions.  Mark your calendars now so you can vote from March 28th through April 24th for the Viewer’s Choice award-winner in your region.
  • The new Statewide Virtual Awards Presentation happens May 4th.  Watch for more details later this spring.

To all our manufacturing and education partners, thank you for your dedication and interest.  The volunteer hours you provide make a huge impact on efforts to help students discover the fun and exciting manufacturing careers available across the Mountain State.  For the foundations and corporate sponsors who provide the essential financial underwriting, thank you for believing in our vision and for your generous support.  And to the students, we are continually amazed by your innovation and talent. We look forward to working with all of you in 2022!

Happy Holidays from Explore the New Manufacturing Program!

Middle schoolers participate in manufacturing workshop at RCBI

HUNTINGTON — Local middle school students got a look into the world of manufacturing Friday morning at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) in Huntington.

Students from Barboursville, Milton, Huntington and Huntington East middle schools participated in a hands-on learning event sponsored by the Explore the New Manufacturing Program and regional manufacturers.

Explore Academy Gets Middle School Students Excited About Manufacturing Careers

Explore the New Manufacturing Academy hosted a group of middle school students and area manufacturers to investigate some of the diverse and fantastic career opportunities that help West Virginia manufacturers deliver their products to the world.

Four local middle schools participated in a series of 30-minute hands-on learning labs designed to provide a cool snapshot of the manufacturing process needed to create West Virginia-made products. Manufacturers provided insight into how employees make a difference in the success of the company. As part of the lab, students learned about the basic skills most workers need to accomplish their jobs. Local community and technical students were on hand to serve as mentors and to assist the with learning labs. RCBI provided all students with a tour of their facility to help highlight available training and educational options. The day wrapped up with a 20-minute team challenge exercise designed to help students understand the value of collaboration and communication.

WV Roundtable: Are you concerned about your future workforce and their ability to solve issues?

Explore the New Manufacturing is putting this question to the test with the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge. Partnering with West Virginia businesses, Manufacturing Innovation Challenge projects give high school teams the opportunity to find solutions to a real-world manufacturing problem. Teams tackle existing product problems and develop the application of concept ideas. Each challenge is unique and can come from various aspects of the company's operations. All projects are aligned with West Virginia Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards, curriculum, project-based learning efforts, and career exploration programs.

Program Sponsors

Major financial underwriting is provided by

GKVF
EQT
Toyota
Benedum
WVMA

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