Recent Press

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

Annual Report 2019-2020

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 https://www.exploremfgwv.com/photobook.html.

Manufacturing Day Virtual Labs for Middle Schools to Launch in October

In General Stanley McChrystal's book Team of Teams, the author shares the importance of adaptability and having the capacity to respond swiftly and effectively as situations ariseAs a former educator, I experienced the constant need to adjust to new curriculums or adapt current ones to fit students' needsMore recently, as a process improvement specialist who worked with manufacturers across the state, I observed manufacturer response to changing markets, supply chains disruptions, and internal challenges. As technology has progressed, and done so at warp speed, a company's ability to pivot quickly and refocus effectively has become an integral part of successful strategic planning across all industriesBut just when adaptability, as a means of driving operations, began weaving itself into normalcy, COVID-19 took the wheel and floored the pedal.

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.

Explore the New Manufacturing Program Recognizes 12 Outstanding West Virginians

EMERGING ELITE IN MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRY EDUCATOR AWARDS

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite in Manufacturing & Outstanding Industry Educator Awards celebrate the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. As the Explore Team worked with students and educators through a myriad of programswe quickly noticed many students whose extraordinary talent and dedication and educators whose tireless commitment were unparalleledWe repeatedly found ourselves discussing that more West Virginians need to know about these highly skilled students and steadfast educatorsFinallythe Explore Team determined to do just thattelthe storieof these individuals and recognize their commitment to manufacturing throughout the Mountain State.

TCMS’s Dooley receives Outstanding Industry Educator Award

PRUNTYTOWN— The hard work, dedication and commitment of a local educator to his students was recently recognized by Explore the New Manufacturing.

Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Counselor, Jerry Dooley, was taken by surprise when the non-profit organization made him a recipient of an Outstanding Educator Award.

North Middle's Lopez named Outstanding Industry Educator

MARTINSBURG — Always having a knack for computers and an interest in teaching, Amy Lopez made a career change that eventually landed her as the technology integration specialist at North Middle.

Her dreams of teaching — the career change is something she calls the best decision of her life — has led her through some interesting projects and connected her with students she’ll never forget. Recently, all her dedication to the field and students paid off when she was named Outstanding Industry Educator in the middle school category by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, an honor that truly surprised Lopez.

Wheeling Park’s Fedorke Recognized With Outstanding Educator Award

Aaron Fedorke was recognized as an Outstanding Educator by Explore the New Manufacturing for his work helping student explore career pathways.

Fedorke, a career and technical teacher at Wheeling Park High School, works with students in the Project Lead the Way Engineering and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Machine Tool Technology.

Fedorke Receives Outstanding Educator Award

Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Aaron Fedorke has received an Outstanding Educator Award for his work helping student explore career pathways.

Fedorke, a career and technical teacher at Wheeling Park High, works with students in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Engineering and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Machine Tool Technology. Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrates the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia.

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Upcoming Dates

1 Dec
Explore Academy - Elkins
Date 12.01.2022
2 Dec
9 Dec
20 Dec
WVMAEF Executive Committee Meeting - Virtual
12.20.2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 Mar
WVMAEF Executive Committee Meeting - Virtual
03.21.2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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