WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today encouraged Ohio students to participate in summer manufacturing camps that are organized by Brown’s office throughout the state to help young Ohioans learn about manufacturing jobs available in Ohio. Brown’s summer manufacturing camps help introduce kids and their parents to an up-to-date, real-world understanding of American manufacturing, while teaching them the role manufacturing has played -- and continues to play -- in building and maintaining our economy and our middle class.

This summer, camps are scheduled to take place in: Athens, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Fulton, Geauga, Guernsey, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Mahoning, Muskingum, Ross, Tuscarawas, Stark, Washington and Wood Counties. Interested students, educators, manufacturers and community partners can learn more about how to get involved on Brown’s website at brown.senate.gov/summer-manufacturing-camps.

“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, and that’s why, for five years now, my office has put on summer manufacturing camps for 4th through 8th graders across Ohio.”

Brown’s office has teamed up with local manufacturers and plants, community partners and schools for the past five years to host manufacturing camps across Ohio. Campers visit local manufacturers, tour plants, and work with their peers on hands-on projects specific to their communities. The camps are open to boys and girls. The ages or grades for each camp are determined by local organizers.

Brown was joined by Ms. Niki Brafford, whose son participated in one of Brown’s manufacturing camps last year.

“To see my son so excited about a camp that is so beneficial to his future and the future of our community made me proud,” said Ms. Brafford.

The camps build on Brown’s efforts to boost Ohio’s manufacturing sector. Brown has offered to work with President Trump to broker better trade deals that will boost Ohio’s manufacturing sector. Brown also authored the Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, which was signed into law in December 2014. The bill created a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation made up of advanced manufacturing hubs to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government to leverage resources and spur innovation.