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In the name of community outreach, chemical firms invest in education

Donnie Coffield, seated center with Dow safety and operations staff trainers at the company's Institute, West Virginia, plant, was hired last year by Dow. He has finished his first year at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston.

Career tech students land jobs with help of Simulated Workplace program

Darion Doering (right) and Hunter Parsons are full-time mechanics at Dutch Miller in South Charleston after finishing the state's Simulated Workplace program.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education’s Simulated Workplace program has helped land two more students full-time jobs right out of school.

Eastern Panhandle students fare well in manufacturing video contest

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund celebrated the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” video contest Tuesday night at a ceremony at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

The contest featured five local middle schools and five manufacturing companies.

The program included speakers discussing the future of manufacturing related to industry, and getting students out of the classroom and into the manufacturing field.

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“Explore the New Manufacturing” program gets kids interested in the growing industry

Experts say the manufacturing industry is growing: Companies are looking to fill tons of positions they have available. Now, a statewide organization is trying to get the youth interested.

West Virginia Manufacturers Association Education Fund hosted a manufacturing workshop for kids on the campus of West Virginia Northern at their Weirton location Friday. 

It’s all part of their program “Explore the New Manufacturing.”

W.Va. partnership aims to boost interest in manufacturing careers

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Education Fund is expanding a program to boost youth interest in manufacturing career opportunities.

The second of eight Explore the New Manufacturing regional-education academies will be Friday from 9:40 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College's technology center at 5550 Winchester Ave. (U.S. 11) south of Martinsburg.

West Virginia group looks to get kids interested in those STEM-based pathways

As the manufacturing field grows, so does the need for people to fill jobs.

A West Virginia group is looking to get kids interested early on.

“We're wanting to expose the kids early now to let them see the importance of exploring those STEM-based pathways,” said Monica Cross, program director, West Virginia Manufacturers Association Education Fund.

Armstrong to Participate in Manufacturing Day Events

Lancaster, PA, October 3, 2018-Armstrong Flooring will participate in this year’s Manufacturing Day by hosting students and business leaders for plant tours and activities in several locations across the U.S.

Sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers, Manufacturing Day is officially recognized on October 5.

Explore the New Manufacturing Academy provides middle schoolers with real tech experience

OAK HILL — Middle school students were able to get the feel of what technical school has to offer and what plans they can have for the future Friday at Explore the New Manufacturing Academy at Fayette Institute of Technology in Oak Hill.

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