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Samuel Wilson Receives 2022 Outstanding Industry Educator Award from the Explore the New Manufacturing Program

The Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Samuel Wilson has been recognized with an Outstanding Industry Educator award for his dedication in the classroom.  Wilson is a teacher at Grafton High School, where he teaches welding and metal technology classes.  Wilson will receive a $500 award designated for classroom enhancement.  He will also be presented with a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia.  Procter & Gamble Company, a Gold Patron, along with Technimark, a Bronze Patron, are sponsors of the 2022 awards.

Paul “Chad” Smith Receives 2022 Outstanding Industry Educator Award from the Explore the New Manufacturing Program

The Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Paul “Chad” Smith has been recognized with an Outstanding Industry Educator award for his dedication in the classroom.  Smith is a teacher at Randolph Technical Center, where he teaches industrial maintenance classes.  Smith will receive a $500 award designated for classroom enhancement.  He will also be presented with a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia.  Proctor & Gamble Company, a Gold Patron, along with Technimark, a Bronze Patron, are sponsors of the 2022 awards.

Oak Glen Middle School and Pietro Fiorentini team up for the West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest 

WHEELING, March 30, 2022 – Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release the Oak Glen Middle School’s video submission in the Northern Region What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest.  The Oak Glen video showcases Pietro Fiorentini, an Italian company, located in Glen Dale, West Virginia.

Explore the New Manufacturing Announces Winners for the West Virginia Northern Region What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest

WHEELING, April 4, 2022 – Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to announce the winners of the northern region completion of the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest.  Middle school teams were judged on the creation of a 3-minute video about their manufacturing partner, the employees, and what was cool about the company.

Wheeling Park students' creation to be used locally

A group of Wheeling Park High School students have created a tool that's going into use at a local factory.

Machine tool technology students participated in the West Virginia Manufacturing Education Fund's innovation challenge, and they completed the challenge by creating a "grapple" tool.

WPHS students design project for Wheeling-Nippon Steel

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF)- Wheeling Park High School and Wheeling Nippon Steel are partnering up to teach students. Machine tool tech students were challenged by the steel company.
 
Students were asked to build a grapple for Nippon Steel and the challenge was accepted and conquered.
 
The Wheeling-Nippon GM says the students nailed the prototype and now they’ll design the real thing with aluminum.

St. Joseph School and Procter & Gamble team up for the West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest

Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release St. Joseph School’s video submission in the Eastern Region What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest.  The video showcases the creation of many popular products manufactured by Procter & Gamble, located in Inwood, West Virginia.

The students are competing for three regional awards: Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and the Viewer's Choice.  Visit https://www.exploremfgwv.com/students/student-video-contest.html to view the St. Joseph School video.

Participating St. Joseph students: Cora Farmer, Evelyn Diaz-Perez, Hung Nguyen, Jacob Buchana, Bailey Summers, Daniel Oshiyoye, Tiffany Nguyen, and Bracha Warui.

North Middle School and Technimark team up for the West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest

Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release North Middle School’s video submission in the Eastern Region What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest.  The video showcases the injection molded plastic produced by Technimark, located in Inwood, West Virginia.

The students are competing for three regional awards: Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and the Viewer's Choice.  Visit https://www.exploremfgwv.com/students/student-video-contest.html to view the North Middle School video.

"Introducing manufacturing as a career opportunity for young people opens more doors than you realize," stated Amy Lopez, Technology Integration Specialist at North Middle School.

Participating North students: Chloe Bryson, Sasha Conner, Kylee Delara, Rylee Delauter, and Makenzee DeLeon.

“At Technimark, we believe it is never too early to educate students about the opportunities in manufacturing,” commented Director of Operations Kevin Coley. “Our hope is to spark an interest in manufacturing that will one day grow into a workforce on fire for continuously improving our processes. 

Participating Technimark employees: Belinda Talkington (IT Specialist), Erica Simpson (Operations and Supply Chain Manager), and Kevin Coley (Director of Operations). 

“Today’s middle school students will be tomorrow’s workforce in manufacturing in West Virginia,” said Program Director Monica Cross, who oversees the Explore the New Manufacturing Program on behalf of the West Virginia Manufacturing Association Educational Fund’s efforts to create student awareness and excitement about careers in manufacturing and the training opportunities for these positions in their local areas. “This generation has a real opportunity to have lifelong careers in modern manufacturing environments that will use skills in technology, problem-solving, innovation, and communication.” 

Mountain Ridge Middle School and Quad Graphics team up for the West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest

Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release Mountain Ridge Middle School’s video submission in the Eastern Region What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest.  The video showcases the printing process used by Quad Graphics, located in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The students are competing for three regional awards: Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and the Viewer's Choice.  Visit https://www.exploremfgwv.com/students/student-video-contest.html to view the Mountain Ridge Middle School video.

Charles Town Middle School and Argos USA LLC team up for the West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest

Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release Charles Town Middle School’s video submission in the Eastern Region What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest.  The video showcases the cement produced by Argos USA LLC, located in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The students are competing for three regional awards: Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and the Viewer's Choice.  Visit https://www.exploremfgwv.com/students/student-video-contest.html to view the Charles Town Middle School video.

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