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Each school was partnered with a local manufacturer who connected with the class during a live, virtual session via Zoom. The company reps shared information about their company, products and career opportunities. Each session included a hands on activity that related to the company industry. According the Mr. Smith, Johnsonburg 5th Grade Teacher, “The kids had a blast”. Participating elementary schools included Cameron County, Johnsonburg, Ridgway, South St. Marys elementary, St. Marys Catholic and St. Leos. This year’s Guest Educators and Manufacturing Representatives included Natalie Aiello, Elk-Cameron PSU Extension 4H; Evan DeLong from the Elk County Conservation District, Stephanie Stoughton from Domtar, Bill Buhite from Allegheny Contracting, Ryan Magaro from Rich Valley Apiary, Rachel Gilmore from Sew Wicked, Jason Gabler from Advantage Metal Powders and a team of employees from Contact Technologies. The classroom teacher lead a post reflection activity after the event for the students to assess if manufacturing would be a fit for their future career.
This event was coordinated by the Community Education Center's (CEC) DISCOVER Partnership and Elk-Cameron PSU 4H and sponsored by the Stackpole Hall Foundation, The Mee Foundation and Workforce Solutions for North Central PA Business Education Partnership Grant from PA Department of Labor and Industry. Companies interested in hosting students for future programs are encouraged to contact the CEC at (814) 781-3437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured is the Johnsonburg students being led by Evan DeLong from the Elk County Conservation District to complete a water filtering activity, while Stephanie Stoughton from Domtar explained how the process works at their facility.
Pictured is St. Marys Catholic students being led by Ryan Magara from Rich Valley Apiary to make a candle out of beeswax.