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Teens compete in woodworking event

The Inter-Mountain photo by Eliana McCutcheon Student competitor Danessa Harner is assisted by the West Virginia Wood Tech Center’s John Rossdach recently as she works on her scrap wood creation.

ELKINS– Recently the West Virginia Wood Tech Center hosted the Scrap Competition between the Highland Adventist School and the Randolph Technical Center.

STOCKMEIER Urethanes Partners with WVMA in their, Explore: The New Manufacturing Program, Hosted at Lincoln Middle School in WV

STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA, Inc. employees, Lorenzo Garcia, R & D Engineer, and Nastausha Hefner, Marketing Manager, had a great time speaking to Lincoln Middle School students, in West Virginia, on Thursday, March 5, as part of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Education Fund program, Explore: The New Manufacturing. They spoke about the company, products made, and the types of applications polyurethane is part of, as well as, the roles and responsibilities of its staff in maintaining a successful business. Lorenzo discussed the Stobitan® running track systems as well as provided a hands on lab where the student created foam.

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8th graders in Ohio and Marshall counties 'explore the new manufacturing'

Ohio and Marshall county 8th graders had a chance to learn more about careers in manufacturing on Friday.

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund hosted its "explore the new manufacturing" program at West Virginia Northern Community College.

The program teaches students about opportunities and careers in the manufacturing field.

Students Learn About Manufacturing Careers at West Virginia Northern Community College Workshop

WHEELING — More than a hundred area eighth-grade students had the opportunity to learn about educational and career opportunities in West Virginia’s manufacturing industry during the Explore the New Manufacturing Regional Education Academy at West Virginia Northern Community College’s B&O Building in Wheeling Friday.

Finding Future Workers: West Virginia Manufacturers Association Launches Two New Programs

In effort to expand outreach programs from middle schools to students at the high school level, the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund (WVMAEF) has launched two Explore the New Manufacturing Programs for the 2019-2020 school year.

These new programs—Scrap and Manufacturing Innovation Challenge—have been rolled out in several high schools across the state.

Eighth-grade students learn about careers in manufacturing through new program

HUNTINGTON — A new manufacturing program brought dozens of eighth-grade students from Cabell and Putnam counties to the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Technology (RCBI) in downtown Huntington on Friday morning.

Students explore manufacturing career options

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Students from Kanawha and Putnam County schools are exploring career options in the manufacturing industry.

The West Virginia Manufacturing Association Educational Fund (WVMAEF) based in Charleston travels across the state connecting junior high students with local manufacturing businesses.

The day-long event includes presentations and hands-on activities like robotic tic tac toe and constructing paper airplanes.

Scrap Metal Art

What’s that? You say you don’t know much about art — but that you wouldn’t mind having a go of it with a plasma.

Eastern Panhandle students get hands on STEM learning experiences

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDVM) — The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund offers a hands on learning program at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Tech Center to middle schoolers in the eastern panhandle.

Over 100 eighth graders participated in classes to learn about manufacturer careers and do hands on labs.

Monica Cross, the director of WVMAEF, said the two year program planted a positive mindset about pursuing future manufacturing careers.

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