Recent Press

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

Conn-Weld participates in Explore the New Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

[Princeton, WV, May 10] Conn-Weld Industries, LLC has partnered with Explore the New Manufacturing to further education in manufacturing.  As part of this initiative, Conn-Weld participated in a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge (MIT) with Fayette Institute of Technology (FIT), a program of Explore the New Manufacturing where high school teams solve real-world manufacturing problems.  On April 12, via virtual classroom, Conn-Weld presented students, Joel Banks, Jacob Cooper, Aidan Cox, Corey Mitchell, Logan Pack, Justin Pettit, Hunter Richardson, Jacob Talbert, Bryce Tucker, and Matthew Walker, of Scott McDaniel’s Pre-Engineering class with a challenge pertaining to product quality control.  Three samples of profile wire screen panels were sent prior to the class.  The high schoolers were to choose the correct sample based on the required specifications provided. During the class, Vice President of Engineering, Anthony Fink explained how choosing to remain in WV has proven beneficial to his career.  He also offered sound advice to students stating, “you have to marry yesterday’s experience with today’s technology”.  Stephen Collins, a 13-year employee, talked about starting his career at Conn-Weld right out of high school. Finally, President Marvin Woodie, discussed the various applications of the product the students were to inspect and the importance of quality control.  In addition, he remarked how an engineer has had a hand in designing everything they see around them, further stating, “there has to be people that can convert design into product.” Marvin went on to say there is an urgent need for people with technical training to fill these positions such as welders, fabricators, CNC operators, and machinists.  Each of the students then introduced themselves sharing their future goals.

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.

Celebrating the State's Educators and Students

Over the past three years, as the Explore the New Manufacturing Program has expanded to new regions, our 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, who participate in our programs, are steadfast champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed in their personal career development. As a result, we decided it was imperative to celebrate these West Virginians, both locally and statewide, for their success and achievements.

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.

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