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Wanted: Campers to learn modern manufacturing

MANUFACTURING CAMP PLANNING — Organizers discussed plans for the second-annual summer manufacturing camp for pupils ages 11-14. The camp will be based at Eastern Gateway Community College, and pupils will visit five sites during the week. Taking part in the Thursday planning meeting were, from left, John Fayak from the Jefferson County Community Action Council; Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci; Jeanne Wilson, senior Appalachian Regional Representative for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Jeff Oblak of the Jefferson County Educational Service Center; and Ryan Pasco, director of energy and engineering initiatives at EGCC. -- Dave Gossett

STEUBENVILLE — Organizers of the second-annual summer manufacturing camp set at Eastern Gateway Community College said Thursday applications still are being accepted for 11-to-14-year-old pupils in Jefferson and Harrison county schools, as well as the Southern Local School District in Columbiana County.

“The camp is set from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. from July 17 through the 21, and it is a chance for young people to learn how things are made in America. We encourage our youth to continue their education, but some people may be interested in a trade or manufacturing job. This is a chance to learn more,” explained Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci.

“There is a $50 student enrollment fee and applications are available at the Jefferson County Educational Service Center, the Jefferson County Community Action Council, EGCC and the city hall reception desk. The applications should be returned to the ESC building on Sunset Boulevard, and the deadline is June 30,” continued Mucci.

“We have partnered with the Jefferson County Port Authority and Steubenville City Schools to present the program that was initiated by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Brown’s office started organizing summer manufacturing camps in 2013, and since then, the number of camps throughout the state has grown every year. This year, Brown’s office will help organize 20 camps in 18 counties,” said Mucci.

The camp will start each morning at EGCC with a light breakfast. The pupils then will take a field trip to a different manufacturing-related location on a school bus from Steubenville City Schools. After lunch, pupils will be in a classroom setting to review what they observed in the morning session.

Mucci said questions about the summer industrial camp can be answered at (740) 283-3347.

According to Ryan Pasco, director of energy and engineering initiatives at EGCC, the students will visit A.R.M./Bates Amusements on July 17, Ohio Coatings on July 18, the EGCC machining lab in Youngstown on July 19, the Cardinal Plant in Brilliant on July 20 and Signs Limited at the Jefferson County Industrial Park on July 21.

“The sites were arranged by the port authority. So far we have instructors lined up to discuss welding, chemistry, machining and CAD/graphic art. The students will be under the supervision of EGCC staff during the camp,” said Pasco.

“Ohioans are proud of our state’s long manufacturing history. To keep up that tradition, we must get a new generation interested in our changing manufacturing sector. That’s what these camps are all about. These camps are helping students around Ohio learn about manufacturing jobs right here in Ohio and the opportunities our manufacturing sector has created for their parents and grandparents,” stated Brown.

“The goal of the summer manufacturing camps is to introduce students to manufacturing careers by developing a curriculum based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act model and provide hands-on activities and direct interactions with local manufacturers,” commented Brown.

“This learning opportunity gives local students the opportunity to learn about careers in their community, tour local manufacturing facilities and learn from experts. Students learn how products are made, participate in team-building exercises and work on a project specific to their community,” Brown added.

“Manufacturing is one of our state’s most important industries, but too often, our companies can’t find workers with the right skills, while our students don’t realize all the opportunities available to them. When some students hear the word ‘manufacturing,’ they think about dirty, dusty old jobs and the outdated, offensive term ‘rust belt.’ But today’s Ohio factories aren’t rusty — they’re innovative and high-tech and will provide good-paying, high-skilled jobs to future generations of Ohioans,” Brown said.

“We need to help today’s Ohio students see all of the potential careers they could have in Ohio manufacturing. That is why, for five years now, my office has put on summer manufacturing camps for fourth-through-eighth-graders across Ohio,” concluded Brown.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to see manufacturing jobs up close and personal and give them another option when they are considering a future career. The summer manufacturing camp is an ideal investment in our youth and I urge parents and grandparents to consider the camp for their young ones,” Mucci added.

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