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2021 Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and Outstanding Industry Educator Awards

Here’s your chance to nominate West Virginia high school students and educators who excel in career readiness fields, technical education, and STEM classes that focus on manufacturing careers. Nominations will also be accepted for middle schools that creatively engage students in career literacy programing.

Manufacturing Workforce Continuum Phase II: We Need Your Help

Does your company need a more qualified pool of candidates and enough skilled applicants for entry level positions?

The employment opportunities within the West Virginia manufacturing industry are rich and diverse. Yet, positions remain unfilled, waiting for qualified applicants, while many training programs struggle with low enrollment. Statistics tell us students don’t deliberately avoid training programs nor industry careers. Most are unaware they exist.

Happy New Year! - It’s finally 2021

It’s finally 2021.  Time for a fresh start, right?

Yet, we’re still dealing with a pandemic, inconsistencies, and few things work like they used to. A fundamental philosophy the Explore team has operated under during the last year is to be open and adaptable when hiccups occur and innovative in making the situation better.

This simple concept encourages creative energy and a proactive approach to getting the job done. We want to hear from our manufacturers and educators how they are rolling with the punches and helping employees and students through this challenging time.

Send us your stories by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Explore the New Manufacturing Provides Virtual Programming for Middle Schools

3c86a09b a79d 4f53 b35f 8c68e82fa345Explore the New Manufacturing's Manufacturing Days Virtual Lab Series started off with a smash hit, thanks to Fiesta Tableware! This and other manufacturer-hosted virtual labs were developed for blended, distance, or remote learning formats.

Interested middle school educators can receive video content for each lab, plus the following:

  • Pre-lab Guess the Manufacturer Contest
  • Student lab worksheet
  • Student lab experiment (Fiesta Tableware lab focused on tensile strength)
  • Bonus learning contest, the WV Made Scavenger Hunt which features Made with West Virginia Pride videos.

The series builds career literacy and is designed to meet WV Department of Education STEM based curriculum standards.

Manufacturers & Educators Working Together: October Updates

We’re working together to help students explore the exciting careers available in West Virginia’s manufacturing industry.


The Explore team is extremely excited to introduce the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge to West Virginia.  Using problem-solving skills, high school teams work to solve a real-world challenge issued by a regional manufacturer. 

The challenge provides benefits for both manufacturers and students.

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Updates from Explore

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