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February 17, 2015
Public Voting Begins for “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Campaign
Polls Open for Lehigh Valley Manufacturing Student Video Contest
Greater Lehigh Valley, PA – Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – The second annual “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Student Videos will be available for voting February 19th to the 21st, on the Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania website, www.dreamitdoitpa.com.
The video with the most votes will receive the “Viewer’s Choice Award.” The videos will also be reviewed by a panel of judges for awards in categories such as Outstanding Educational Value and Outstanding Creativity. In its first year, the contest received over 123,000 votes during the three-day voting period.
Presented by Pennsylvania’s Dream It. Do It. (DIDI PA), the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Student Video Contest gives students in Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon Counties the opportunity to connect directly with local manufacturers, document their experiences and present them in an educational and “cool” way through film media. The contest was created to generate excitement that draws students towards manufacturing career paths.
During the past four months 22 student teams have researched and filmed local manufacturers, interviewed employees, and edited their work in order to present their final 2-minute video for judging. “We encourage everyone to get behind the students, view their videos and vote,” says Jack Pfunder, President & CEO, Manufacturers Resource Center.
Partnering with Manufacturers Resource Center for the project is PBS 39 and Da Vinci Science Center. Educational media resources, GoPro Camera kits, professional media training from PBS39, materials, and project costs were funded and made possible by the following sponsors: Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board; Manufacturers Resource Center; King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul LLC; The Equinox Agency; PPL Electric Utilities; Aerotek Staffing Agency; Concannon, Miller & Co; Northampton Community College; Lehigh County Community College; ESPI; Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation; ATAS International, Inc; Bosch Rexroth Corporation; PNC Bank; Follett Corporation; Lutron Electronics Company, Inc; Just Born Quality Confections; National Penn Bancshares, Inc; Effort Foundry, Inc; B. Braun Medical, Inc; Nestlé Waters North America; Hampson Mowrer Kreitz Agency; Ondra-Huyett Associates, Inc; Express Employment Professionals of the Lehigh Valley; Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; County of Northampton; Technical Process & Engineering Inc; and Solar Technology, Inc.
For more information regarding the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Video Contest and Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania, please visit www.dreamitdoitpa.com and facebook.com/dreamitdoitpa.
About “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing”:
“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” is a student manufacturing video contest for schools in the Lehigh Valley, including schools in Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon counties presented by Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania. This contest gives students the opportunity to connect with local manufacturers, document their experiences and present them in an educational and “cool” way. The contest was created to generate excitement that draws students towards manufacturing career paths.
About Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania:
Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania is the public brand and platform for the Lehigh Valley Skill Up project. Dream It. Do It. is a national grassroots initiative by The Manufacturing Institute in Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to give community groups access to a national platform that promotes manufacturing careers. Groups in 33 American states have joined the Dream It. Do It. campaign. The Lehigh Valley Skill Up Partnership is the first group in Pennsylvania to participate. The Lehigh Valley Skill Up website at www.dreamitdoitpa.com includes useful information and resources for students, parents, educators, and manufacturers.
About Manufacturers Resource Center:
For nearly 26 years, Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) has helped small and mid-sized manufacturers become more competitive, adopt lean and agile processes, strategically grow their companies and invest more effectively in their existing human capital. MRC is a nonprofit organization partially funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST-MEP program, as well as the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development. The MRC is dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunity in eastern Pennsylvania’s Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.