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Show-Me Manufacturing contest puts bright careers in focus

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how much is a three minute video worth? If the videos produced by the students in the first inaugural Show-Me Manufacturing contest are any indication, the value is great.

This new program allowed students from five Missouri schools to connect with local manufacturers. The students were tasked with creating videos that answered the question: What’s so cool about manufacturing? Click here to watch the videos.

workforcebadgeStudents answered the challenge with insightful videos and a new perspective of manufacturing careers.  The overall winners of the contest were students from the Troy 9th Grade Center.  In addition, students from the Elsberry High School won the award for the best video story.

The contest is part of the Missouri Chamber’s new Dream it. Do It. initiative, a national effort organized by the National Association of Manufacturing – Manufacturing Institute, to encourage manufacturers to open their doors and promote manufacturing career pathways to area youth.

Toyota-Bodine in Troy partnered with the effort.

“If you look around, everything you see is manufactured. There are so many jobs and so many opportunities,” said Wes Woods, general manager for Toyota Bodine Manufacturing, Troy. “Students aren’t aware because often times they are thinking “Oh, manufacturing, it’s a dirty tough job …”  But it’s changed so much. The technology is incredible. Jobs are much easier than before. They are bright, beautiful plants. It’s an exciting place to work.”

For the first year, Show-Me Manufacturing started by focusing on high schools in Lincoln County. Next year, the contest will be able to expand to regions around the state as a result of additional support provided by the Toyota USA Foundation.

For more information about the Missouri Chamber’s Dream it. Do it. initiative, contact Brian Crouse, Missouri Chamber vice president of education, at bcrouse@mochamber.com, or by phone at 573-634-3511

 

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