Recent Press

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

Wood County Technical Center / Caperton Center for Applied Technologies Students Take on a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

Parkersburg, WV, June 9, 2021 – Explore the New Manufacturing has announced the completion of a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, which teamed six students from the Wood County Technical Center /Caperton Center for Applied Technologies and DuPont. The challenge required the students to develop an app that would increase employee efficiency by providing access to information related to the facility, products and their job roles. Mr. Jared Voldness, Pre-Engineering & Computer Science Instructor, served as the advisor to the student team for this effort.

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Grant Supports Explore the New Manufacturing in West Virginia

Charleston, WV, June 8, 2021 – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. (WVMAEF) announced today the awarding of a $187,000 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to support the continuation and expansion of its Explore the New Manufacturing programming. The purpose of this initiative is to increase interest in manufacturing careers among middle and high school students in West Virginia.

Students and educators recognized on West Virginia Manufacturing Education Day

CHARLESTON, W.Va (WDTV) - Monday is West Virginia Manufacturing Education Day, announced the Explore the New Manufacturing Program and the West Virginia Department of Education.

The proclamation is meant to celebrate and recognize students and educators across the state for their commitment to the next generation of workers in the manufacturing industry. The West Virginia Department of Education, the Explore the New Manufacturing Program, state manufacturers, and educators are working to strengthen manufacturing education programs to narrow the skills gap and guide West Virginia children into long-term careers in the manufacturing industry.

Cline receives 2021 Outstanding Industry Educator Award

The Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced this week that Brandon Cline has been recognized with an Outstanding Industry Educator Award in the high school division for his dedication in the classroom.

James Rumsey Technical Institute students take on Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

MARTINSBURG — In celebration of West Virginia Manufacturing Education Day, Explore the New Manufacturing has announced the completion of a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, which teamed 13Tri-County Robotics students from the James Rumsey Technical Institute and Quad Graphics.

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