Summer Tour for Trumbull County Students Highlights Manufacturing
OH.- PENN. Manufacturing Collaborative Sponsors Inspiring Minds Youth
Warren, OH., August 20, 2014– Twenty-six high school students from the Inspiring Minds youth group, recently toured manufacturing related industries as part of their Summer Enrichment Program. The tour was sponsored by the Ohio – Pennsylvania Manufacturing Collaborative, which is a federally funded grant initiative encompassing a cross-state consortium of workforce investment boards, schools, and employers, promoting manufacturing career pathways.
Cheryl Saffold, Trumbull County Career Pathways Coach, and organizer for the event, wanted to introduce the students to a different manufacturing experience. “Young people typically view manufacturing as being a dirty and not too exciting career option. We wanted them to see the “new” version of manufacturing which includes high-technology, a computerized work environment, and lucrative salaries. The students were able to see various manufacturing career options available to them which included engineering, accounting, sales, quality control, as well as production.”
The youth who participated in the manufacturing event, are enrolled in Inspiring Minds, a non-profit organization led by Warren, Ohio native, Mr. Deryck Toles, and is aimed at engaging, inspiring, and empowering youth to reach their full potential.
The first stop on the bus tour included a visit to Summer Garden Manufacturing, located in Boardman, Ohio. Students observed the manufacturer producing their Gia Russa brand of pasta sauces. Afterwards, the youth were bussed to America Makes in downtown Youngstown. The organization specializes in researching, testing, and in product development for 3D printing and the additive manufacturing process.
According to Cynthia Grier, Ohio Coordinator for the Pathways to Competitiveness Project,” one of the main goals of this grant is to encourage young people to see manufacturing in a whole new way, to show them, firsthand what modern manufacturing looks like. It was wonderful to give the youth from Inspiring Minds the opportunity to tour area manufacturers, especially places not traditionally considered “manufacturing”. We look forward to sharing more information and opportunities with this wonderful program in the future.”