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Allison Turner Receives 2023 Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award from the Explore the New Manufacturing Program

allisonThe Explore the New Manufacturing program announced today that Allison Turner has been recognized with an Emerging Elite in Manufacturing award.  A junior, Allison attends Montcalm High School and Mercer County Technical Education Center where she concentrates her studies on robotics and Project Lead the Way pre-engineering courses. Allison 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. 

“Allison displays an exceptional level of integrity, responsibility, and ambition while embracing her role as a leader among her peers,” noted Barry Jones, an instructor at Mercer County Technical Education Center. “Allison has developed a strong skillset in many manufacturing and engineering industry technologies, equipment and applications.” 

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and Outstanding Industry Educator awards celebrate the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. “Allison’s success in the classroom has earned her accolades in robotic competitions where she excels in creation and design work,” said Program Director Monica Cross, who oversees the Explore the New Manufacturing program on behalf of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund’s efforts to create student awareness and excitement about careers in manufacturing and the training opportunities for these positions in their local areas. 

The Emerging Elite in Manufacturing awards recognize West Virginia high school students who have excelled in manufacturing-related technical education and STEM courses.  Each awardee demonstrates workforce-ready technical and communication skills critical to successful employee performance.       

Allison’s award is part of Explore’s Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and Outstanding Industry Educator awards. Profiles of all award recipients will be available on the Explore the New Manufacturing website after they have been announced.

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