Explore the New Manufacturing is hosting a regional Explore Academy for Marshall and Ohio County middle school students to introduce them to the diverse and amazing career opportunities that help West Virginia manufacturers deliver their products to the world.
Seventh and eighth graders from Bridge Street and Sherrard Middle School will participate in a hands-on learning event at the West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) on Friday, October 20, 2023. Students will participate in three 30-minute labs to get a cool snapshot of the manufacturing process used by regional manufacturers. Various facets of manufacturing, such as operations, environmental health and safety, quality control, research and development, and other aspects, will be explored. WVNCC will provide all students with a tour of their facilities to highlight available training and educational options. The day finishes with a 20-minute challenge to see which group of students can work effectively as a team to solve the test.
“Today’s middle school students will be tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce in West Virginia,” said Executive Director Monica Cross, who oversees the Explore the New Manufacturing Program’s efforts to create student awareness and excitement about careers in manufacturing and the training opportunities for these positions in their local areas. “We are excited to once again be working with Bridge Street and Sherrard Middle Schools and our manufacturing partners. The Explore team is looking forward to meeting the students and introducing them to employees from CONSOL Innovations and East Coast Metal Systems.”
- Participating manufacturers: CONSOL Innovations and East Coast Metal Systems
- Participating schools: Bridge Street Middle School and Sherrard Middle School
Date: October 12, 2023
Location: WV Northern Community College Education Center