Educator in the Manufacturing Workplace summer program was a huge success. Participating teachers gave their final presentation and lesson plans on August 14th. As part of the Workforce Innovation Fund grant, this summer program places educators in the manufacturing workplace to job shadow and to give “real-world” applications for the subjects they teach in school. The lesson plans developed from their experience will be published on the Industry Needs You website. (http://www.industryneedsyou.com).
Thank you to all of the participating educators, and especially to the manufacturers who hosted them. These companies and individuals are truly working to create the career pathway that will lead area students towards a bright future in manufacturing. A special thank you to Paula McMillin, for coordinating the EIMW program again this year!
Denise Carissimo – HR Mgr -JMC Steel- Sharon Tube
“The Educator in the Manufacturing Workplace was an excellent experience. Sharon Tube is eager to network with the educational arena now and in the future to impact our future workforce.”
Robin Vaughn – HR Mgr – Pine Instrument Company
“We believe the Educator in the Manufacturing Workplace to be very beneficial to all involved (students, teachers and Pine staff.) Pine would volunteer again to participate in the program and would recommend participation to other manufacturing companies as well.
Stephanie Greathouse – Southington Middle School – Howland Machine Corporation
“The first think that stood out during this experience is that critical thinking and problem solving are a must in the daily life of a machinist. I look forward to sharing my experience with students by offering real world manufacturing examples and by exposing students to viable career options that do not require a college degree.”
Bruce Dewey – President Howland Machine Corporation
“It was a pleasure meeting an educator that is so excited about the future of her students. The more educated our teachers are about current day manufacturing the better they will be able to share that knowledge with their students, our perspective employees. I welcome teachers and their students to visit Howland Machine Corporation to find out more about the manufacturing environment.”
Jim Hamm – Neshannock High School
“Working with so many types of employees opened my eyes to all of the occupations within the manufacturing field. My experience at Silgan will not just impact a couple of lessons here and there in my senior Economics courses but will be referred to on a near daily basis when discussing careers and occupations.”
Dave Hughes – Owner Specialty FAb, Inc.
“We are proud to have our public educators in our work place. We feel that we are opening new learning paths for the educator but we also learn a great deal from the educator in our workplace. This is a great opportunity for both groups of manufacturing and education systems to keep in touch with, to learn from, and to build a long lasting relationship.”
Spike Mancuso – HR – ITV
“We at ITV are very pleased with our “Educator in the Workplace” experience and encourage all local businesses to consider participating in the program. We hope to have another educator spend part of their summer with us next year.”