Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Students Learn about Local Manufacturing Careers

“Thanks for organizing a wonderful week for these kids. I know that it has had a huge impact on (my son),” was one parent’s comment the final day of Darke County Summer Manufacturing Camp. The day camp for local 7th and 8th graders, held June 17 – 21 and coordinated by Darke County Economic Development, allowed campers to see the variety of local career opportunities available in manufacturing. Summer Manufacturing Camps are being held in 22 counties in Ohio this summer due to an initiative from the office of Senator Sherrod Brown.

During the mornings, campers enjoyed hands on learning experiences related to the manufacturing practice of the day, including Teamwork & Communication, Problem Solving & Troubleshooting, Continuous Improvement, Perseverance, and Professional Skills. Facilitator, Seth Swallow, provided team challenges, such as constructing a bridge of paper and masking tape with length and weight specifications, to implement these practices. In the afternoon, students were transported to one of the host manufacturers, JAFE Decorating, Midmark Corporation, Ramco Electric Motors, and Whirlpool Corporation. Host manufacturers treated campers to lunch and tours which focused on how the company applied the practices they were learning. Campers also enjoyed interactive activities designed by the manufacturers, including working as a team together to solve clues and create a product in a “break out room”, and reviewing a company process and brainstorming ways to improve it. On Friday afternoon, each camper presented highlights from Manufacturing Camp to parents, manufacturers, and special guests. Campers received certificates from the office of Senator Sherrod Brown as well as certificates of participation from Darke County Economic Development.

Darke County Economic Development would like to thank: Greenville City Schools and C-TEC for providing the use of the Advanced Manufacturing Lab and providing transportation; Seth Swallow, Camp Facilitator; Andrea Townsend, Director of Career Technical and Special Education at Greenville City Schools; Edison State Greenville Campus & Chad Beanblossom, Vice President of Regional Campuses; Interactive Media Class at Greenville C-TEC ; and teammates from JAFE Decorating, Ramco Electric Motors, Midmark Corporation, and Whirlpool Corporation for hosting campers. Funding for this event was provided by donations through the Darke County Foundation.

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