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Conn-Weld Industries recognizes West Virginia Manufacturing Education Day

PRINCETON, W. VA. (WVVA) - West Virginia Governor Jim Justice made a proclamation that May 10 is Manufacturing Education Day in the state of West Virginia.

To observe the day, Conn-Weld Industries in Princeton hosted the manufacturing innovation challenge, which taught students at Fayette Technical Instute about the manufacturing industry.

James Rumsey Technical Institute Students Take on a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

James Rumsey MICMartinsburg, WV, May 10, 2021 – In celebration of West Virginia Manufacturing Education Day, Explore the New Manufacturing has announced the completion of a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, which teamed 13 Tri- County Robotics students from the James Rumsey Technical Institute (JRTI) and Quad Graphics. The challenge required the students to develop a robotic visual inspection of magazine covers to provide quality control on key areas like the width of the color borders.

Wheeling Park Students Take on a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

Wheeling Park MICWheeling, WV, May 10, 2021 – In celebration of West Virginia Manufacturing Education Day, Explore the New Manufacturing has announced the completion of a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, which teamed 23 Career and Technical Education (CTE) students at Wheeling Park High School and Precision Tool. The challenge required the students to conduct research on behalf of Precision Tool for the potential purchase of a five-axis machine with a focus on capabilities, size and cost of multiple potential machines.

Governor Justice Declares May 10th as West Virginia Manufacturing Education Day

Charleston, WV, May 10, 2021 – The Explore the New Manufacturing Program, in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Education, announced the celebration of West Virginia Manufacturing Education Day.  The proclamation celebrates and recognizes students and educators across the Mountain State for their excellence and commitment to the next generation of workers in the manufacturing industry. 

“West Virginia is a regional leader in career and technical education (CTE), and we are tremendously proud of the 94 CTE and ACE manufacturing programs offered during the 2020-2021 school year,” State Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch said. “By providing these educational opportunities to West Virginia students and through the celebration of Manufacturing Education Day, we hope to inspire the country’s next generation of talent to learn more about modern manufacturing.” 

Manufacturers honor Wood County educator

ARKERSBURG - A teacher in the Wood County has been recognized by a state trade group.

Jared Voldness received an Outstanding Industry Educator Award in the high school division for dedication in the classroom in the Explore the New Manufacturing Program through the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund.

Explore the New Manufacturing Receives Grant Funding from the EQT Foundation

Charleston, WV, April 12, 2021 – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund Inc. (WVMAEF) announced today the awarding of a $17,000 grant from the EQT Foundation to support the expansion of programming across the North Central West Virginia and the Mid- Ohio Valley regions. The grant will directly benefit middle and high school students from Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Tyler, and Wetzel counties by supporting interactive educational activities that create student awareness and excitement about manufacturing careers and the subsequent educational pathways toward those opportunities.

Toyota Grant Supports Explore the New Manufacturing

Charleston, WV, March 17, 2021 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today the receipt of an $8,000 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia to support programming initiatives that will directly benefit students in the Metro Valley region, including Putnam, Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Mason counties. The gift will support interactive educational activities that create student awareness and excitement about careers in manufacturing and the subsequent educational pathways toward those opportunities.

Nominations Sought for the 2021 Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and Outstanding Industry Educator Awards

Charleston, WV, March 10, 2021 – The Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that nominations would be accepted for two distinguished awards, the Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award and the Outstanding Industry Educator Award.

The Explore Program is seeking nominations for West Virginia high school students and educators who have exceled 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.

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

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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.

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