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

SVHS graduate recognized with manufacturing award

HUNTINGTON – Explore the New Manufacturing announced recently that Spring Valley High School graduate Mitchell Davis has been recognized with an Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award in the internship category.

Davis is a freshman at Marshall University and pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. He is completing an internship with Rubberlite, Inc.

“Mr. Davis is a motivated and professional young man. Throughout my time with Mitchell he has shown himself to be nothing but creative and hardworking. He is approachable and accountable. It has been a privilege to be Mr. Davis’ teacher and I look forward to seeing all the amazing things that he does in the future,” James Coble, TEM Coordinator, said.

Sherrard’s Brannan Recognized As Outstanding Industry Educator

SHERRARD — Sherrard Middle School teacher Bricie Brannan was recognized with the Outstanding Educator Award in the accolade’s inaugural year. 

Brannan received the award for her work in the Project Lead the Way and STEM curriculums at her school.

The Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards is a celebration the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia.

Jerry Dooley Receives Outstanding Industry Educator Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Outstanding EducatorGrafton, WV, May 26, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Jerry Dooley has received an Outstanding Educator Award for his work in middle school students. Dooley, a counselor at Taylor County Middle School, is committed to helping students explore local career opportunities in manufacturing and prepare them for the challenges they will face upon graduation.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrates the skills and dedication of students 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 champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF.

Bricie Brannan Receives Outstanding Industry Educator Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Outstanding EducatorWheeling, WV, May 25, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Bricie Brannan would be recognized with an Outstanding Educator Award for her work in the classroom. Brannan, a teacher at Sherrard Middle School, works with students in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and STEM curriculums.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebration the skills and dedication of students 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 champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways.” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF

Mitchell Davis Receives Emerging Elite Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Emerging EliteHuntington, WV – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Mitchell Davis has been recognized with an Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award in the internship category. Davis, a former student at Spring Valley High School, is completing an internship with Rubberlite, Inc. A freshman at Marshall University, Davis is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrate the skills and dedication of students 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 champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMA-EF.

Tanner Lee Receives Emerging Elite Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Emerging EliteCharleston, WV – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Tanner Lee has been recognized with an Emerging Elite Award for his work in the classroom. Lee, a student at the Carver Career Technical Center, has excelled as a student leader in his Career & Technical Education Program and as a Explore volunteer.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrate the skills and dedication of students 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 champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF.

Karissa Hebb Receives Emerging Elite Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Emerging EliteElkins, WV, May 21, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Karissa Hebb has been recognized with an Emerging Elite Award for her work in the classroom. Hebb, an Elkins High School student, has excelled as a student leader in her Randolph Technical Center courses.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrate the skills and dedication of students 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 champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF.

2020 Emerging Elite And Industry Educators Awards

Emerging Elite

Starting today, Wednesday, May 20th, the Explore Program will launch a special celebration highlighting the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. Our awardees demonstrate innovation, commitment, and robust capacities essential for workforce readiness in modern manufacturing. These are critical components to the vitality of the state and the manufacturers operating within our borders.

Outstanding EducatorFor 12 consecutive days, we will highlight the talent and extraordinary work of some amazing individuals who are making a difference. The award announcements will be available at here and Explore’s Facebook page.

“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 champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways. We are honored to work with these individuals and want to recognize their dedication,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF.

Katie Hesson Receives Emerging Elite Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Emerging EliteHuntington, WV, May 20, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Katie Hesson has been recognized with an Emerging Elite Award for her work in the classroom.  Hesson, a senior at Spring Valley High School, has excelled as a student leader in both her Career & Technical Education Project Lead the Way courses and on her Robotics Team.

Don Robinette Receives Outstanding Industry Educator Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Outstanding EducatorMorgantown, WV, May 20, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Don Robinette has received an Outstanding Educator Award for his work in the classroom. Robinette, a teacher at MTEC, works with students to development a skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career as a welder.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrates the skills and dedication of students 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 champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF.

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