24Jun Manufacturing Matters Camp at Marion Technical College by Wendy Weichenthal (Marion, Ohio) Marion Technical College is proudly partnering with local employers to offer a Manufacturing Matters Camp from July 15-19. Girls and boys in 6th and 7th grade will have a unique opportunity to tour local employers including Whirlpool, Wyandot and RobotWorx and do STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects. This week-long camp is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just $50 covers lunch and T-shirts. Scholarships are available. This is a community effort in response to Senator Sherrod Brown’s summer manufacturing camp initiative to increase the awareness of career opportunities in students’ own backyards. MTC is hosting the event, but is supported by local school districts, MarionMade!, CAN DO! Whirlpool, Wyandot, and RobotWorx, among others. “I am excited about middle school students having the opportunity to not only learn about manufacturing, but learning about the specific opportunities right here in Marion!” proclaimed Sue Jacobs, middle school teacher at River Valley. “I feel it is really important to expose middle school students to a variety of careers so they might be able to choose the correct path once they enter high school.” Students will see the creators and businesses right here in Marion. They will have hands-on activities at the companies as well as on the Marion Campus. “A career in advanced manufacturing is an honorable profession. Students have an extraordinary community resource right here in Marion with recognized business leaders and a multi-generational manufacturing workforce,” said Gus Comstock, Director of CAN DO! “As Marion transitions to advanced manufacturing, this camp offers students a firsthand experience of new and emerging career opportunities. Parents can watch their children explore career pathways, offering a lifetime of work and prosperity. Marion, as America’s Workforce Development Capital, is proud to partner with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown to bring this camp to Marion.” Gus Comstock, center, director of CAN DO!, smiles with Dr. Ryan McCall (left) For more information, or to sign up, please go to mtc.edu/manufacturingcamp.