Recent Press

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

Today is National Manufacturing Day!

Celebrated annually on the first Friday in October, National Manufacturing Day shines a light on modern manufacturing careers by encouraging companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.  Things may look different this year due to COVID-19 but that is even more reason to share the importance of manufacturing in today’s world.  

Announcing Explore’s New Virtual Platforms

mdvlBecause we don’t want to miss working with your students, the Explore Team is launching innovative programs this fall for middle and high school classrooms.

Manufacturing Day Virtual Labs 

This series is a condensed virtual version of our Explore Academics and Workshops for middle school classrooms and remote learning programs. We have packed the labs with a ton of fun to help engage students.

Explore the New Manufacturing Releases Year in Photos 2019-2020 Book

Charleston, WV. September 8, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today the publication of its Year in Photos 2019-2020 Book.

"This past year, the Explore Team and its partners engaged more than 1,500 middle and high school students across West Virginia. Our efforts would not have been possible without the dedication and support of 52 manufacturers who worked with students and educators to increase the awareness of the industry's career options," Monica Cross, Program Director of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund (WVMAEF).

Explore the New Manufacturing, an outreach program of the West Virginia Manufacturers Educational Fund, provides hands-on, innovative learning labs and projects for West Virginia middle and high school students. The programis designed to supply foundational knowledge about local job opportunities inmanufacturing and create excitement about career pathways that align with student interests and skillsets.

The Year in Photos 2019-2020 Book will be available on the Explore website

Explore the New Manufacturing Announces 2020 Emerging Elite and Outstanding Industry Educator Awards

 Explore the New Manufacturing has announced the inaugural recipients of the Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and Outstanding Industry Educator Awards celebrating the skills and dedication of stu-dents 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 champ-ions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways," says Program Director Monica Cross.

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