Recent Press

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

Finding Future Workers: West Virginia Manufacturers Association Launches Two New Programs

In effort to expand outreach programs from middle schools to students at the high school level, the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund (WVMAEF) has launched two Explore the New Manufacturing Programs for the 2019-2020 school year.

These new programs—Scrap and Manufacturing Innovation Challenge—have been rolled out in several high schools across the state.

Eighth-grade students learn about careers in manufacturing through new program

HUNTINGTON — A new manufacturing program brought dozens of eighth-grade students from Cabell and Putnam counties to the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Technology (RCBI) in downtown Huntington on Friday morning.

Students explore manufacturing career options

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Students from Kanawha and Putnam County schools are exploring career options in the manufacturing industry.

The West Virginia Manufacturing Association Educational Fund (WVMAEF) based in Charleston travels across the state connecting junior high students with local manufacturing businesses.

The day-long event includes presentations and hands-on activities like robotic tic tac toe and constructing paper airplanes.

Scrap Metal Art

What’s that? You say you don’t know much about art — but that you wouldn’t mind having a go of it with a plasma.

Eastern Panhandle students get hands on STEM learning experiences

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDVM) — The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund offers a hands on learning program at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Tech Center to middle schoolers in the eastern panhandle.

Over 100 eighth graders participated in classes to learn about manufacturer careers and do hands on labs.

Monica Cross, the director of WVMAEF, said the two year program planted a positive mindset about pursuing future manufacturing careers.

Program Sponsors

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Upcoming Dates

23 Jul
Date 07.23.2024 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
24 Jul
Morning Session WVMA-EF Board Retreat
07.24.2024 8:15 am - 11:00 am
24 Jul
Afternoon Session WVMA-EF Board Retreat
07.24.2024 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm
4 Sep
WVMA-EF Executive Committee Meeting
09.04.2024 8:00 am - 9:00 am
6 Nov
WVMA-EF Executive Committee Meeting
11.06.2024 8:00 am - 9:00 am
5 Feb
WVMA-EF Executive Committee Meeting
02.05.2025 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Updates from Explore

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