WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this month, the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrapped up another year of manufacturing camps all across Ohio. Since 2013, Brown’s office has partnered with local businesses and community leaders to host more than 90 camps. This year, Brown’s office hosted 34 camps in 26 counties, with Brown visiting camps in Toledo and Lancaster.
“Manufacturing is one of our state’s most important industries, but too often, our companies can’t find workers with the right skills, while our students don’t realize all the opportunities available to them,” said Brown. “We need today’s Ohio students to realize all the potential careers they could have in Ohio manufacturing.”
Brown’s summer manufacturing camps help introduce kids and their parents to an up-to-date, real-world understanding of American manufacturing. This learning opportunity gives local students the opportunity to learn about careers in their community, tour local manufacturing facilities, and learn from experts. Students learn how products are made, participate in team-building exercises, and work on a project specific to their community.
Read what they’re saying about Brown’s manufacturing camps:
“Manufacturing jobs, one of the pillars of northwest Ohio’s economy, aren’t the eye-candy careers that school-age children usually desire. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is trying to change that with a wave of camps aimed at 4th through 8th graders to stir interest and even excitement in factory work.
“On the last day of the camps and afterward, the students usually rave about the fun and experiences they had. It spurs them to think about pursuing such jobs. It spurs them to think about pursuing such jobs. For participating businesses, it’s a sales job, possibly luring youths into occupations that are in demand now and are expected to be in the future.”
“The hands-on learning is a way for the young students to see if they have an interest in the industry.
“‘I also liked when we got to take the wires out of the little cars and you get to put them back in, it was kind of challenging but it was good at the same time,’ said KhaMya Gushard, Chase STEM Academy 5th grader.”
“Students participating in the camp get exposure to a field before they even reach college.
“‘This is normally a college level class -- but we're getting it completely free in high school,’ said Alex Dugan, a student in the camp.
“‘I think it's an amazing opportunity because we get to learn things that some others can't learn,’ said Isabella Baughman, another student participating in the camp.”
“Most junior high and high schools don't have the equipment necessary to allow students to try their hand at manufacturing. The goal of the program is to turn a week into a lifetime of learning.
“‘Me and my mom really don’t have stuff to do this,’ (Student Sam) Hoffmann said. ‘It was an awesome experience just to come here and do it.”’
“‘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!’ said 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.’”
“Micah Echols, a student attending the camp, said he liked to work on projects at camp, including making a tower using spaghetti noodles and marshmallows.
“‘I’m learning what manufacturing actually is, and how we can use it, which is cool,’ Echols said. ‘When I’m older, I want to be an engineer, and that’s part of manufacturing.”’
“Marley shared the success of the Manufacturing Camp held this past week. Senator Sherrod Brown began pushing for Manufacturing Camps five years ago and 22 Ohio counties participated in the event this year. She felt the junior high age participants were enthusiastic as they learned about the job opportunities available at local manufacturing facilities. The response from the manufacturers was just as enthusiastic.”
“This learning opportunity gives local sixth, seventh and eighth graders an opportunity to learn about careers in the local community, tour local manufacturing facilities, and learn from experts. Students learn how products are made, participate in team-building exercises, and work on a project specific to their community.”