Local Students Win at Awards Ceremony Aimed at Promoting Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties recognized student videos at the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” awards ceremony. Image via Virginia Lindak, Daily Local News.

The coolest videos made by students from 13 area middle schools were honored by the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties at an awards ceremony held at Penn State Great Valley, writes Virginia Lindak for the Daily Local News.

The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest paired students with local manufacturing companies to try to get them interested in choosing a manufacturing field for their future careers.

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The Manufacturing Alliance joined forces with the Chester County Economic Development Council and Delaware County Community College to work toward changing the archaic view of the manufacturing world. The goal is to change the perspective that manufacturing work is mostly repetitive and dirty factory work by showing it is actually high tech and has great future potential.

This is the second year of the video contest, which is now geared toward eighth-graders. Student teams were assigned a teacher tasked with visiting a local manufacturing company to film what they found interesting there.

“We are trying to highlight what’s new in manufacturing so we can get students in middle schools excited about careers in manufacturing,” said Marybeth DiVincenzo of the CCEDC.

Read more about the CCEDC initiative in the Daily Local News here.

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