Academies & Workshops

Bringing together students with manufacturing representatives for a career exploration day.

Explore the New Manufacturing Academies introduce students to the diverse and amazing career opportunities that help West Virginia manufacturers deliver their products to the world.

Regional Academies for 7th & 8th grade middle school students

One-day Events

  • 75-125 students take part in Explore Academies
  • Held at regional WV Department of Education's Career and Technical Centers and WV Community and Technical Colleges
  • Site tours help to highlight the training and educational options available at regional learning centers
  • High school students discuss why they chose their educational and future career pathways

Hands-on Labs

  • 3 to 5 fun activities provided by area manufacturers
  • Each are 30 minutes and designed to provide a cool snapshot about the manufacturing process
  • Students experience various facets of manufacturing such as operations, environmental health and safety, quality control, research and development, etc.

One-hour interactive workshops for middle school students

Explore the New Manufacturing Workshops are a general introduction to manufacturing.   

  • Learn about the exciting innovations used by West Virginia manufacturers
  • Helps students to understand how their interests align with different types of careers
  • Demystify stereotypes that exist about the manufacturing careers

Workshop Facts:

  • Presented by the Explore the New Manufacturing Team and one local manufacturer
  • Include discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on activities
  • A leave behind team challenge with the top groups receiving a pizza party

Program Sponsors

Major financial underwriting is provided by

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

Contact us and get involved!

Interested in getting involved with the Explore the New Manufacturing Program?

We are looking for manufacturers, schools, teachers, and community members to
help us expand our efforts throughout West Virginia.

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