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Brandon Cline Receives 2021 Outstanding Industry Educator Award

IMG 1281Delbarton, WV, May 17, 2021 – The Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Brandon Cline has been recognized with an Outstanding Industry Educator Award in the high school division for his dedication in the classroom. Cline, a teacher at Mingo Central High School, is a pre-engineering instructor.

Cline will receive a $500 award designated for classroom enhancement. He will also be presented with a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia.

“Brandon is a selfless educator who is committed to a more engaging approach of education. Brandon adopts context over content and restores joy and wonder to STEM. This, in my view, is the way that true STEM teaching and learning should happen—and, not surprisingly, it starts by building a strong relationship with every student, an attribute that Brandon exemplifies daily,” Marcella Charles-Casto, Principal, Mingo Central High School.

Nathaniel Carlton Receives 2021 Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award

IMG 0008South Charleston, WV, May 17, 2021 – The Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Nathaniel Carlton has been recognized with an Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award for his work in the classroom.   A South Charleston High School student, Carlton has excelled his honors engineering classes and aspires to become a civil engineer.  Carlton will receive a $500 award designated for scholarships, certification fees, or specialty equipment.  He will also be presented with a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia. 

“Nathaniel has been an asset to our engineering department and has strong leadership skills within his core group of peers, stepping up to organize and implement often difficult challenges. He has volunteered to learn new programs such as Autodesk Revit and Inventor and mentors the younger students enrolled in our program. Nathaniel has designed and implemented the construction of 3D printed assistive technology, a model Habitat for Humanity floor plan, and many projects requiring higher-level thinking and the engineering design process,” Tambra Kascic, Mathematics, Pre-Engineering and Robotics Instructor, South Charleston High School.

Tobin McEldowney Receives 2021 Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award

headshotThe Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Tobin McEldowney has been recognized with an Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award for his work in the classroom. A Paden City High School student, McEldowney has excelled as a leader in his Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute

courses.  McEldowney will receive a $500 award designated for scholarships, certification fees, or specialty equipment.  He will also be presented with a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia. 

“Tobin is an outstanding student with very good attendance in my class. When he was remote, Tobin completed his assignments with no issue, and attended all team meetings.  If Tobin had to miss a meeting, he would send me pictures of himself helping his dad on excavating jobs.  Tobin gets along with his peers and always does what is asked of him in the shop; he is very safety conscious. Tobin will make a good employee when he finishes school,” Kenneth Collins, Instructor, MOVTI. 

Chuck Parker Receives 2021 Outstanding Industry Educator Award

Chuck Parker Head ShotThe Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Chuck Parker has been recognized with an Outstanding Industry Educator Award in the middle school division for his dedication in the classroom.  Parker, a teacher at Charles Town Middle School, works with students to explore pathways available in career and technical education.  Parker will receive a $500 award designated for classroom enhancement.  He will also be presented with a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia. 

“Chuck is a dedicated and student centered CTE teacher at Charles Town Middle School. His passion for Career and Technical Education is evident in his everyday teaching. Students in Chuck's classes learn coding, robotics, and programming, among other CTE interests. His students become proficient in these standards while utilizing curriculum elements such as NexRobotics, Code.org, and educational Minecraft,” Nicole V. Reed, Assistant Principal, Charles Town Middle School. 

Kyla Jolliffe Receives 2021 Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award

headshotThe Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Kyla Jolliffe has been recognized with an Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award for her work in the classroom.   A Carver Career and Technical Education Center student, Jolliffe has excelled in her Integrated Production Technology (AC) class, an Honors Class for Kanawha County Schools.  Jolliffe will receive a $500 award designated for scholarships, certification fees, or specialty equipment.  She will also be presented with a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia. 

Rex Rush Receives 2021 Outstanding Industry Educator Award

rex rushThe Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Rex Rush has been recognized with an Outstanding Industry Educator Award in the high school division for his dedication in the classroom. Rush, a teacher at Hundred High School, works with students in the areas of technology education, robotics, and engineering. Rush will receive a $500 award designated for classroom enhancement. He will also be presented with a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia.

“Rex promotes exemplary student service to his community through technical education. His students built a prominent visitor center in Hundred, provided attractive signage throughout the community, and worked with city leaders on improvements,” Tammy Holbert Wells Director of Secondary and Career Technical Education, Student Assessment, and Strategic Planning, Wetzel County Board of Education.

MTEC Students Take on a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

MTEC photo 1Morgantown, WV, May 13, 2021 –   In celebration of West Virginia Manufacturing Education Day, Explore the New Manufacturing has announced the completion of a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, which teamed ten welding students from the Monongalia County Technical Education Center (MTEC) and Progressive Industries, Inc.  The challenge required the students to develop an entry exam consisting of a written exam and a skills assessment for applicants as part of the Progressive Industries interview process. 

Jacob Cooper Receives 2021 Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award

Jacob CooperMeadow Bridge, WV, May 12, 2021 – The Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Jacob Cooper has been recognized with an Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award for his work in the classroom. A Meadow Bridge High School student, Cooper has excelled as a leader in his Fayette Institute of Technology courses. Cooper will receive a $500 award designated for scholarships, certification fees, or specialty equipment. He will also be presented with a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia.

“Jacob is a very responsible student who works well with others, especially when it comes to accomplishing an assignment. He will take the initiative to pull the class together and get started on a project. Jacob meets deadlines early, allowing extra time to perfect his work. I feel that Jacob should be commended for his hard work on these projects,” Holly Pannell, Counselor, Fayette Institute of Technology.

Dr. Kathy D’Antoni Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

drk awardCharleston, WV, May 11, 2021 – The Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Dr. Kathy D’Antoni has been presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication and leadership to West Virginia’s career technical education programs. D’Antoni, who retired in 2020 as the Associate State Superintendent over the Division of Technical and Adult Education, was instrumental in developing the state’s career and technical education, which has become a national model of success. 

Carver Career & Technical Center Students Take on a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

miccarverIn celebration of West Virginia Manufacturing Education Day, Explore the New Manufacturing has announced the completion of a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, which teamed six Integrated Production Technology students from the Carver Career & Technical Center (Carver CTE) and NGK Spark Plugs USA Inc.  The challenge required the students to assist with the binding and cutting process with one of their product lines.

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