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Thomas Bane Receives 2024 Outstanding Industry Educator Award

The Explore the New Manufacturing made a surprise award presentation to Thomas Bane at the organization’s Northern Region Award Ceremony. Bane was presented with a 2024 Outstanding Industry Educator award in the high school category. The award celebrates skilled and dedicated educators working to increase the understanding of manufacturing careers available in West Virginia. Bane, a Project Lead the Way and Pre-Engineering instructor, teaches at Brooke High School. He will receive a $500 award designated for classroom enhancement, in addition to a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia.

“The team at Marsh Bellofram is thrilled to support Mr. Thomas Bane for Explore's Outstanding Industry Educator Award. Mr. Bane's passion for teaching and dedication to preparing his students for their future careers is evident in every interaction. His kind nature not only makes him accessible to students but also creates a positive environment that fosters learning and personal growth. We are fortunate to have met and worked with Mr. Bane over the last few years and hope he continues to challenge his students and encourage them to strive for excellence. Congratulations to Mr. Bane – this award is well-deserved.” Marsh Bellofram Corporation, Newell, West Virginia

Launched in 2020, the Outstanding Industry Educator Award celebrates West Virginia educators who are steadfast champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways. “Thomas Bane inspires his students to discover their talents and to persist in developing them through real-world, project-based learning,” said Executive Director Monica Cross, who oversees the Explore the New Manufacturing efforts to create student awareness and excitement about careers in manufacturing and the training opportunities for these positions in their local areas. “He is a selfless instructor, dedicated to providing a more engaging approach to education. It has been a pleasure to partner with Mr. Bane.”

Bane’s award is part of Explore’s Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and Outstanding Industry Educator awards. Profiles of all 2024 award recipients will be available on the Explore the New Manufacturing website after they have been announced.

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