Exciting things have been happening with the youth team at Manufacturing Works this school year! Not only do we have a new staff member (welcome Brittany Moore!), but we also have a new partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio AND we just celebrated our biggest Manufacturing Day ever!
As a part of their new Career Readiness Program, Manufacturing Works and the Boys & Girls Club are partnering up to put on four "manufacturing weeks" at four different clubs around Cleveland. Activities during the week include:
- A general overview of career and post-secondary opportunities in manufacturing
- Hands-on activities led by manufacturing partners
- A manufacturing plant tour
- A tour to Tri-C's Manufacturing Technology Center
Students will be coached during each step of the program to prepare them for the experience, help them evaluate what they learn, and what it might all mean for their future. Students who determine they want a deeper experience within manufacturing will be eligible to participate in a job shadow and internship during Summer of 2020.
"This is a great opportunity for members of our Boys & Girls Clubs to become introduced to careers in manufacturing. Brittany, Jessica, and the team at Manufacturing Works does an outstanding job coordinating hands-on experiences and bringing awareness to our teens regarding manufacturing careers and pathways to a brighter future."
– Tory Coats, Director of Career Readiness, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio
As part of this new partnership and our existing partnership at Max S. Hayes High School, Manufacturing Works was able to help 68 students experience Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 4, 2019. Students participated in plant tours to Hyson Products, Oatey, and Lincoln Electric. Additionally, some students got to hear from several manufacturers through a panel discussion hosted by Industry Week.
"I learned a lot and I really enjoyed the experience. I would like to work there [Lincoln Electric] in the future."
– Felix R., 11th grade student at Max S. Hayes High School
"I never considered a career in manufacturing until now. What I've learned this week during the program has given me something to think about."
– Rashon S., 11th grade student at East Tech High School
There are several more plant tours, guest speakers, and activities planned for the rest of the school year through our youth partnerships. If you are interested in getting involved with our youth programs, please reach out to Jessica Westropp at 216.588.1444.