Recent Press

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

Jerry Dooley Receives Outstanding Industry Educator Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Outstanding EducatorGrafton, WV, May 26, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Jerry Dooley has received an Outstanding Educator Award for his work in middle school students. Dooley, a counselor at Taylor County Middle School, is committed to helping students explore local career opportunities in manufacturing and prepare them for the challenges they will face upon graduation.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrates the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. “As the Explore Team has worked with students and educators to increase the understanding of manufacturing across the state, we have been amazed by student talent and poise. The educators involved in our programs are steadfast champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF.

Bricie Brannan Receives Outstanding Industry Educator Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Outstanding EducatorWheeling, WV, May 25, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Bricie Brannan would be recognized with an Outstanding Educator Award for her work in the classroom. Brannan, a teacher at Sherrard Middle School, works with students in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and STEM curriculums.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebration the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. “As the Explore Team has worked with students and educators to increase the understanding of manufacturing across the state, we have been amazed by student talent and poise. The educators involved in our programs are steadfast champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways.” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF

Mitchell Davis Receives Emerging Elite Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Emerging EliteHuntington, WV – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Mitchell Davis has been recognized with an Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award in the internship category. Davis, a former student at Spring Valley High School, is completing an internship with Rubberlite, Inc. A freshman at Marshall University, Davis is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrate the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. “As the Explore Team has worked with students and educators to increase the understanding of manufacturing across the state, we have been amazed by student talent and poise. The educators involved in our programs are steadfast champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMA-EF.

Tanner Lee Receives Emerging Elite Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Emerging EliteCharleston, WV – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Tanner Lee has been recognized with an Emerging Elite Award for his work in the classroom. Lee, a student at the Carver Career Technical Center, has excelled as a student leader in his Career & Technical Education Program and as a Explore volunteer.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrate the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. “As the Explore Team has worked with students and educators to increase the understanding of manufacturing across the state, we have been amazed by student talent and poise. The educators involved in our programs are steadfast champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF.

Karissa Hebb Receives Emerging Elite Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Emerging EliteElkins, WV, May 21, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Karissa Hebb has been recognized with an Emerging Elite Award for her work in the classroom. Hebb, an Elkins High School student, has excelled as a student leader in her Randolph Technical Center courses.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrate the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. “As the Explore Team has worked with students and educators to increase the understanding of manufacturing across the state, we have been amazed by student talent and poise. The educators involved in our programs are steadfast champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF.

2020 Emerging Elite And Industry Educators Awards

Emerging Elite

Starting today, Wednesday, May 20th, the Explore Program will launch a special celebration highlighting the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. Our awardees demonstrate innovation, commitment, and robust capacities essential for workforce readiness in modern manufacturing. These are critical components to the vitality of the state and the manufacturers operating within our borders.

Outstanding EducatorFor 12 consecutive days, we will highlight the talent and extraordinary work of some amazing individuals who are making a difference. The award announcements will be available at here and Explore’s Facebook page.

“As the Explore Team has worked with students and educators to increase the understanding of manufacturing across the state, we have been amazed by student talent and poise. The educators involved in our programs are steadfast champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways. We are honored to work with these individuals and want to recognize their dedication,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF.

Katie Hesson Receives Emerging Elite Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Emerging EliteHuntington, WV, May 20, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Katie Hesson has been recognized with an Emerging Elite Award for her work in the classroom.  Hesson, a senior at Spring Valley High School, has excelled as a student leader in both her Career & Technical Education Project Lead the Way courses and on her Robotics Team.

Don Robinette Receives Outstanding Industry Educator Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Outstanding EducatorMorgantown, WV, May 20, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Don Robinette has received an Outstanding Educator Award for his work in the classroom. Robinette, a teacher at MTEC, works with students to development a skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career as a welder.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrates the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. “As the Explore Team has worked with students and educators to increase the understanding of manufacturing across the state, we have been amazed by student talent and poise. The educators involved in our programs are steadfast champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF.

When Pandemic Hits, West Virginians Respond

"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness." - Desmond Tutu

Even in areas less impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, its reverberations have been felt. From broadband limitations to supply chain constraintsrestrictedaccessibilityand unfamiliar ways of interfacing, in addition to the worries and concerns about the virus itself, few areas geographically, and lesser areas demographically, have been unscathed in some fashion. Crises force us to adaptin order to survive and sustainYet, it leads us to respond and prevail in ways we wouldn'thave otherwise done without the urgency pressing us to do so.

Assembly Line Challenge

ATTENTION West Virginia High School Teachers! 

Thinking critically about the importance of simple machines in everyday life?

The challenge requires students to design and evaluate solutions to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller steps and using the engineering design process. 

CONTEST begins Monday, May 4, 2020 | All submissions must be received by 5:00 pm Monday, May 11th

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