Recent Press

Press Releases, News & Updates from Explore and all of our education efforts.

Wilburn Joins the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. Board of Directors

WVMA Member 1080x1080 Jason WilburnThe West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. (WVMAEF) announced today the appointment of Jason Wilburn to its board of directors. The WVMAEF Board of Directors oversees an educational outreach program, Explore the New Manufacturing, designed to provide West Virginia middle and high school students with topics focusing on manufacturing career pathways. “We are delighted to welcome Jason to the Board.  His diverse industry and board experience will be of great benefit to the Explore Program,” said WVMAEF’s Program Director Monica Cross.

Wandling Joins the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. Board of Directors

WVMA Member 1080x1080 Melissa WandlingThe West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. (WVMAEF) announced today the appointment of Melissa Wandling to its board of directors. The WVMAEF Board of Directors oversees an educational outreach program, Explore the New Manufacturing, designed to provide West Virginia middle and high school students with topics focusing on manufacturing career pathways. “We are excited to welcome Melissa to our Board. She brings a wealth of energy and expertise in the HR realm, which was a skillset the Board needed,” said WVMAEF’s Program Director Monica Cross.

Gannon Joins the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. Board of Directors

WVMA Member 1080x1080 George GannonThe West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. (WVMAEF) announced today the appointment of George Gannon to its board of directors. The WVMAEF Board of Directors oversees an educational outreach program, Explore the New Manufacturing, designed to provide West Virginia middle and high school students with topics focusing on manufacturing career pathways. 

Gannon is a Corporate Communications Analyst with Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. “I’m excited to be part of the WVMAEF and Explore the New Manufacturing program because education is vital to the future of our state,” said Gannon.

Walker Joins the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. Board of Directors

WVMA Member 1080x1080 Craig WalkerThe West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. (WVMAEF) announced today the appointment of Craig Walker to its board of directors. The WVMAEF Board of Directors oversees an educational outreach program, Explore the New Manufacturing, designed to provide West Virginia middle and high school students with topics focusing on manufacturing career pathways. “Craig brings a wealth of board and industry experience to the organization.  We are delighted to welcome Craig to the Board,” said WVMAEF’s Program Director Monica Cross

Coffman Joins the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. Board of Directors

WVMA Member 1080x1080 Rachel Coffman copyThe West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. (WVMAEF) announced today the appointment of Rachel Coffman to its board of directors. The WVMAEF Board of Directors oversees an educational outreach program, Explore the New Manufacturing, designed to provide West Virginia middle and high school students with topics focusing on manufacturing career pathways. “Rachel has been a great asset to the Explore Program and the manufacturing industry as a whole,” said WVMAEF’s Program Director Monica Cross. “We are grateful for the talent and enthusiasm she brings to the organization and are delighted to welcome her to the Board.”

Wager Joins the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. Board of Directors

WVMA Member 1080x1080 Justin WagerThe West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. (WVMAEF) announced today the appointment of Justin Wager to its board of directors. The WVMAEF Board of Directors oversees an educational outreach program, Explore the New Manufacturing, designed to provide West Virginia middle and high school students with topics focusing on manufacturing career pathways. “Justin’s wealth of experience in industry, education, and workforce development align well with the mission and needs of the Explore Program. We are pleased to welcome Justin to the Board and look forward to working with him in building stronger connections across sectors,” said WVMAEF’s Program Director Monica Cross.

Valentine Joins the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. Board of Directors

WVMA Member 1080x1080 Aaron ValentineThe West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. (WVMAEF) announced today the appointment of Aaron Valentine to its board of directors. The WVMAEF Board of Directors oversees an educational outreach program, Explore the New Manufacturing, designed to provide West Virginia middle and high school students with topics focusing on manufacturing career pathways. “Aaron’s workforce development and industry experience will be an asset to the organization, and we are delighted to welcome him to the Board,” said WVMAEF’s Program Director Monica Cross

Governor Jim Justice Issues Proclamation for West Virginia Excellence in Manufacturing Education Day

The Explore the New Manufacturing Program, in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Education, announced the celebration of West Virginia Excellence in Manufacturing Education Day.  The proclamation celebrates and recognizes students and educators across the Mountain State for their excellence and commitment to the next generation of workers in the manufacturing industry. 

The WVMA Educational Fund, Inc. Releases 2021-2022 Annual Report

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund, Inc. is pleased to announce its publication of the Explore the New Manufacturing Annual Report 2021-2022. “The WVMAEF finished another exceptional year of raising awareness of manufacturing careers to West Virginia students, parents, and educators,” stated Bob Fehrenbacher, Board Chair for the organization. “Collaboration between educators, manufacturers, and staff ensured that insights developed into opportunities and preparations for rewarding futures. We thank the generous support of all involved, including grantors and sponsors.”

Annual Report 2021-2022

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