Two dozen educators from eight local school districts are staring the school year
with new knowledge from two Manufacturing Boot Camps. These participants toured manufacturers,
learned about smart manufacturing, and received a window into the constantly-changing
needs of the local manufacturing industry. ArcelorMittal, Graphic Packaging, Mennell
Milling, Nucor Steel, Ohio Health Biomedical Engineering, POET, RiAlto, Sakamura,
STAR Turbine, Whirlpool and Wilson Bohannan opened their doors to give teachers, counselors
and administrators information on their current and future hiring needs. In addition,
Dr. Elizabeth Azhikannickal, director of Engineering Technologies, gave a tour of the engineering labs. Dr. Azhikannickal also educated on the demand
for smart manufacturing and Marion Tech’s new micro certificate to align with Intel’s future needs.
“This was the most beneficial teacher education program in which I have ever participated!
I learned so much about companies and opportunities in Marion that I did not even
know existed! It really helps me to understand the links that must be made between
K-12, OSUM/MTC/Tri-Rivers and manufacturing companies in order to have students who
are ready to fill positions and grow within the companies. I recommend EVERY teacher
and administrator participate in a teacher bootcamp!” said Dianne Shuring, teacher
with Pleasant Local School District.
Educators talk to employees at STAR Turbine.
“My experience at the Marion Manufacturing Bootcamp went beyond what I anticipated.
It was fascinating to tour and talk with manufacturers in Marion County and look at
it through the lens of an educator in order to better educate and build relevant skills
to our students,” said Jill Rainey, a teacher at North Union Local Schools.
“This is just an energizing week. I go back to school and tell other teachers, ‘You
should do it!’ Every year, I learn something new. We are creating tomorrow’s leaders,”
said Lauren Seas, teacher of chemistry and physics at North Union.
In addition, Marion Tech engineering students are graduates of many of these local
“As an educator, it was great to get feedback from the students at Marion Tech on
how we can better prepare them for the next generation of careers,” said Tad Douce,
director of technology at River Valley Local Schools.
Educators came from Elgin, Marion City, North Union, Pleasant, Ridgedale, River Valley,
Tri-Rivers Career Center and Upper Sandusky Schools.
“The Manufacturing Bootcamp opened my eyes to the many diverse ways that teachers
of all subjects, and all aged students, could help to prepare the future workforce
with lessons in our own classrooms,” said Patricia Niederkohr, a teacher with Upper
Sandusky Exempted Village Schools. “I am even more inspired to work with many of my
coworkers to collaborate on these types on projects!”
“I absolutely loved spending a week doing teacher bootcamp. Not only did I learn a
lot about the manufacturing in Marion, but I met some awesome teachers in our county
and made some new connections. I am also able to take back what I learned to my colleagues,
principals and students,” said Jonda Axthelm, a teacher at Taft Elementary in Marion
City Schools. “The boot camp allowed me to experience Marion in a new way. It allowed
me to see what is manufactured right here in our city. I am looking forward to partnering
with these businesses to introduce my elementary aged students to the opportunities
they can have right here in their hometown!”
“Attending the Teacher Manufacturing Boot Camp has been inspirational for me both
personally and professionally. I highly recommend this camp to any teacher seeking
to update their teaching practice and empower their students with 21st-century skills.
It's an investment that will have a lasting impact on the career pathway of your students,”
said Kristen Holden, computer science teacher at Marion City Schools. “What sets this
camp apart is the exceptional personal mentorship and guidance from manufacturing
industry professionals. They not only shared their expertise but also inspired us
with their stories of success in the manufacturing field. The networking opportunities
allowed me to connect with like-minded educators from different backgrounds, fostering
a community of support and collaboration.”
Educators earned continuing education credit by attending these boot camps. Marion
Tech was unique in the state to host the only Teachers’ Manufacturing Boot Camp 2.0
which included feedback from current college students and the window into the new
Intel certificate. The boot camps were funded by Lt. Governor Jon Husted’s Office
of Workforce Transformation.
“Marion has a wealth of opportunities for careers,” said Tami Galloway, Program Manager
for America’s Workforce Development Capital. “When students find the right skills
to land in-demand jobs, we all benefit. We couldn’t have hosted these camps without
the strong collaboration from local manufacturers and educators.”
Galloway, manufacturing partners, employers and educators are hosting the annual Careers
Made in Marion Expo at the Marion County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Oct. 17 to show local
high school seniors the myriad of career options in our community. For more on the
expo or why Marion is America’s Workforce Development Capital, go to www.americaswdc.com or call Galloway at (740) 386-4236.