Each month we’ll be featuring a blog post from our friends at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). MAGNET’s mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. You can visit MAGNET online at manufacturingsuccess.org.Judith Crocker, Director of Workforce & Talent Development, MAGNET
Now is the time for Northeast Ohio manufacturers to step up and become part of the skills-gap solution by taking part in a unique summer work-force development program coordinated by MAGNET.
MAGNET’s 2013 Work-Based Learning Experiences program (WBLE) offers work-based learning experiences to high-school students who will enter their senior year next fall. Students from Mahoning County Career Technical Center, Polaris Career Center and Lorain County Joint Vocational School are participating in this “earn and learn” program.
This program allows Northeast Ohio manufacturers to be part of the solution and help attract and engage young people in engineering and manufacturing careers. Manufacturers can contact me, Judith Crocker, by phone (216.432.5386) or email to participate.MAGNET student interns learn by doing under the supervision of senior product development engineers.
In addition, in preparation for the summer WBLE program, MAGNET is currently seeking companies that will welcome a student to shadow an employee for just one or two days, to learn about the company’s products or services. This will give them the opportunity to see for themselves how what they are studying in school relates to the “real world” experience of a manufacturer.
It is our hope that employers who participate in the “shadowing” program will see the student’s potential and go on to offer that student a chance to participate in the summer WBLE program.
About MAGNET’s WBLE Program
Participating employers provide up to 150 hours of work and learning experiences related to the students’ programs of study. These include:
- Electronics & Alternative Energy
- Engineering Technology.
- Precision Machine Technology
- Computer Design and Drafting
Some of the eligible students are participants in Project Lead the Way. This pre-engineering program is a rigorous national curriculum that prepares students to pursue an engineering related or technical program in college. By the end of 11th grade, these students have studied digital electronics, principles of engineering and blueprint reading. They’ve also been introduced to related engineering and manufacturing skills. So they will bring this valuable background to the summer learning experience.
Students have the opportunity to earn college and high-school credit while preparing for careers in engineering
Northeast Ohio companies will be great places for a student to see how what they have studied applies in the workplace. In addition, they will see for themselves concrete examples of well-paid future career opportunities in the manufacturing sector.
Thanks to Our Sponsors
The MAGNET Work-Based Learning Experiences program is made possible with generous support from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation,Dominion Foundation, and a challenge grant from the Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust.
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