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“Explore the New Manufacturing” program gets kids interested in the growing industry

Experts say the manufacturing industry is growing: Companies are looking to fill tons of positions they have available. Now, a statewide organization is trying to get the youth interested.

West Virginia Manufacturers Association Education Fund hosted a manufacturing workshop for kids on the campus of West Virginia Northern at their Weirton location Friday. 

It’s all part of their program “Explore the New Manufacturing.”

W.Va. partnership aims to boost interest in manufacturing careers

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Education Fund is expanding a program to boost youth interest in manufacturing career opportunities.

The second of eight Explore the New Manufacturing regional-education academies will be Friday from 9:40 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College's technology center at 5550 Winchester Ave. (U.S. 11) south of Martinsburg.

National Manufacturing Day: Celebrating the Past & Inspiring the Future

Today is National Manufacturing Day, but we'll be highlighting the importance of manufacturing with multiple events across the state throughout the month.

For starters, National Manufacturing Day celebrates what is made in America as well as the hardworking men and women who are the backbone of any manufacturer. Today also is a day to increase awareness of what manufacturing is -- highly technical, highly skilled work — and what it is not — dirty, dank conditions with heavy labor performed by a male-preferred workforce.

West Virginia group looks to get kids interested in those STEM-based pathways

As the manufacturing field grows, so does the need for people to fill jobs.

A West Virginia group is looking to get kids interested early on.

“We're wanting to expose the kids early now to let them see the importance of exploring those STEM-based pathways,” said Monica Cross, program director, West Virginia Manufacturers Association Education Fund.

Addressing the Skills Gap

It's no secret there is a skills gap at both the national and state levels that is ever-broadening due to technological advancement, among other factors. Speaking specifically to our state, there are West Virginians who need skills in order to acquire sustainable employment and yet there are jobs – good paying jobs - in our state right now that remain unfilled. Currently, in manufacturing alone there are approximately 1,000 job openings.The skills gap wasn't created in a day and we can't expect it to close in short order. But we do have to address it.

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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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