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October 2021

October 1 is Manufacturing Day, and October is Manufacturing Month! This month we are focused on the manufacturing industry - an industry that is continuously evolving and has almost limitless career possibilities for our students.
Manufacturing is helping small American towns revive their economies. However, without students interested in entering this industry, millions of jobs will go unfilled within the next several years. This is a MUST WATCH, Emmy-Award Winning video featuring two young people who, with the help of a mentor, discovered their passion for the future of manufacturing.
Is it true - are robots really replacing workers in manufacturing jobs? Are factories full of low-skilled employees? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Check out the blog post, 'If you're not preparing students for manufacturing jobs, you should be' from Brynna Morgan at EAB, to debunk some of the common myths about manufacturing. It is projected that at least 2 million jobs in manufacturing will be unfilled by 2028 due to a lack of skilled workers. Our current student population can meet that demand if we change the stereotype of manufacturing careers!
This is what modern manufacturing looks like! This video was made in Gwinnett County, Georgia for middle and high school students. It showcases many career opportunities in the manufacturing industry, as well as skills needed to succeed.

What's So Cool About Manufacturing? 
This video competition for middle school students pairs teams of middle schoolers with industry partners. Students learn about the manufacturing industry and work to change the current perception of manufacturing held my many people. For more information about this contest, click fill out this brief form.
Passionate about manufacturing? Have an idea to help kids become excited about and prepared for careers in the manufacturing industry? HOST A SUMMER CAMP! Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs (NBT) is the charitable foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International. NBT awards grants to schools to host summer manufacturing camps for middle and high school students. Grant applications are due by December 1, 2021. Click here to find out more. Let's change the stereotype and show our students what's available to them in modern manufacturing careers!
EdHeads is a nonprofit organization that designs free online activities to promote STEM education. They have an awesome simulation game where students can experience a work day as a manufacturing technician. You can sign up for free account at the EdHeads website and download the activity sheet referenced in the intro to the game, or simply share this link with students and download the activity sheet here. The game is best suited for students in grades 5-8.
Advance Central PA and the PA CareerLinkĀ® In-School Youth program and Business Solutions Team are working together to connect schools and businesses for in person or virtual activities, including tours. Funding is available to assist districts with transportation, substitute costs, and meals! If your school is interested, contact Derek Reber, In-School Youth Supervisor, at Know a business who may be interested in hosting a tour? Contact the Business Solutions Team at for more information.
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