• 6 area teens win scholarships at 6th annual ITAC Manufacturing Tech Summer Camp

    6 area teens win scholarships at 6th annual ITAC Manufacturing Tech Summer Camp
    Cutline: Members of the winning team Noah Craft from Prince George High School, Justin Halder from NB Clements Jr. High in Prince George, Heather Coletti from Colonial Heights High School, Brody Fisher from Dinwiddie High School, Omari Duncan from Hopewell High School, T’Angelo Munoz from Prince George High School.  This team known as the Blue Team captured the win!

    Hopewell/Prince George, VA – A multi-jurisdiction team of six students from Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell and Prince George won the Manufacturing Tech Summer Camp competition on Saturday, July 21. The Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce is a network sponsor for the camp.
    Members of the winning team each received a $500 scholarship to be used for post secondary education at a qualifying institution.
    Thirty-seven students applied from three school systems as well as the children of employees of our camp sponsors.  Twenty-seven were accepted to participate in the three and a half day Manufacturing Tech Camp. competition. The students competed on four teams during a two-hour session Saturday to produce unique clocks, using computer-assisted production methods. 
    The 6th Annual Dream It Do It Manufacturing Technology Camp took place July 18 - 21 at Industrial TurnAround Corporation (ITAC) in Chester. The camp is sponsored by area manufacturers, the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber, and school systems in the City of Hopewell and the counties of Dinwiddie and Prince George and the John Randolph Foundation. Children of chamber members and sponsors who may attend other area high schools are eligible to attend the camp

    Four days of hands-on learning
    The students received three days of preparation, which included tours of the Ordnance Welding School at Ft. Lee and the advanced factory operations at Rolls-Royce Crosspointe, which manufactures parts for aerospace engines.
    The students also received lectures and hands-on training in estimating their budgets, placing orders for raw materials, marketing and branding their product, planning production, managing safety, building a team, managing their time and sharing resources.
    The Manufacturing Technology Camp model was developed by STIHL Inc., a global manufacturer of chain saws and other outdoor power equipment, with its US operations located in Virginia Beach. STIHL presented the program idea to the Dream it. Do it. Virginia network as an opportunity to host students throughout the state for this valuable hands-on learning experience.  This is the sixth year the camp has been held at ITAC.
    “What’s not immediately apparent to those who do not work in the manufacturing and skilled trades sector is that manufacturing has evolved into a more technology intensive sector and offers new opportunities and challenges. Another factor that is not evident is the competitive pay and benefits for these jobs,” says Jon Loftis, President of ITAC.“Manufacturing has been identified by GO Virginia as one of the highest paying careers in the Crater Region.  Youth interested in these careers can receive training while in high school, at John Tyler Community College, Southside Virginia Community College, Rowanty Technical Center and by entering the growing number of apprenticeships available in Virginia.

    About Dream It. Do It. Virginia
    The Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) outreach and awareness network is a partner of the National Dream It. Do It. network as developed by the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and expanded to Virginia in 2007 by the Virginia Industry Foundation (VIF) and VMA. The DIDIVA network’s mission is to encourage people to explore and pursue advanced technology careers in Virginia, like manufacturing, biotechnology, robotics, nanotechnology, aviation, energy, information technology, healthcare and more.  DIDIVA offers a free, online career resource tool built by Virginia’s advanced technology sector to help individuals learn more about exciting career opportunities and connect them with possible future employment, as well as a two-time award winning “So What Do You Do?” integrated marketing campaign featured in all its media.  For more information, visit www.dreamitdoitvirginia.com.
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