by Pam Streich, North Central Workforce Development Board

The First Annual ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing’ (WSCM) Video Contest is in progress in North Central PA. Ten middle schools and manufacturing companies are  partnered for the program where teams of 7th and 8th graders, led by a teacher coach from each school, have been busy filming with a GoPro at their partner company. The contest is made possible by grant funding secured by the Manufacturing Resource Center (MRC) located in Allentown.  The PA Department of Labor and Industry Funding Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania, Inc. (North Central Workforce Development Board) is overseeing the project in collaboration with partner agencies, including the Potter County Community Education Council (CEC), DISCOVER Partnership of the Elk and Cameron County CEC, NWRIC, Clarion University SBDC, and North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission.

Participating manufacturers for the contest include: Organic Climbing; Gasbarre Products, Inc.; Interfuse Manufacturing; Gas Field Specialists; The Carpenter’s Shop; American Refining Group, Inc.; McCourt Labels; Horizon Technology, Inc.; Alpha Sintered Metals; and Kane Hardwood – Collins Pine. The community can view the videos and vote on their favorite to receive awards. Voting will take place March 22-24th with Awards Ceremony on  March 28, 2017. Stay tuned for more information about the contest and voting page by following their Facebook page.

Dream It. Do It. PA is a partnership directed by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in Allentown, Pa., and is dedicated to changing perceptions and attitudes in the Keystone State about advanced manufacturing careers

Pam Streich is the Director of Planning for Workforce Development for Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania, Inc. (North Central Workforce Development Board).