About the Program

Providing Real World Experience for the Future Job Force

Explore the New Manufacturing is a multi-dimensional undertaking of hope, promise, community, and a pledge to be intentional in providing routes for young West Virginians to remain in the state through pathways leading to careers in manufacturing.

2014

A New Beginning

  • The West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund, Inc. is founded.

2014

2015

Bridging The Gap

  • First outreach activities initiated to address the skills gap in West Virginia.

2016-2017

Program Ramps Up

  • First Explore the New Manufacturing Academies are held
  • First Explore the New Manufacturing Presentations are held

2016-2017

2018

Pivotal Year

  • The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Grant Awarded
  • Chevron Grant Awarded
  • First full-time Program Director hired
  • The West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest begins in the Northern and Eastern Regions

2019

New Initiatives

  • Expedition: Innovate introduced in partnership with the Clay Center, West Virginia Department of Education, and Robert C Byrd Institute
  • Explore’s Scrap Competitions  are launched
  • The West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest expands to the Kanawha Valley

2019

2020

Adapting To A Pandemic

  • The West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Awards Ceremony goes virtual
  • Introduces the Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and Outstanding Industry Educator Awards
  • Manufacturing Day Virtual Labs launched
  • Holds 1st Explore the New Manufacturing Educators' Roundtable.

2021

Regional Expansion

  • The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Grant Awarded– Statewide
  • ETQ Grant Awarded – North Central, Mid-Ohio & Northern Panhandle Regions
  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Grant Awarded – Kanawha Valley & New River Regions
  • Manufacturing Innovation Challenge premieres
  • Governor Jim Justice signs proclamation for West Virginia Manufacturing Education Day

2021

Program Sponsors

Majoring financial underwriting is provided by

Benedum
WVMA
GKVF
EQT
Toyota

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