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NEPIRC Brings “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” To Northeastern PA


NEPIRC Joins the Effort to Generate Excitement Over Manufacturing Careers as Program Continues to Expand Across the State!


Penn's Northeast MemberThe Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) is proud to announce their inaugural year of a regional “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest for middle school students.


The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” initiative gives 8th graders from schools within in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties the opportunity to connect directly with local manufacturers, document their experiences and present them in an educational and “cool” way through video and social media. The program also capitalizes on the latest trend in talent-based TV shows – online viewer voting – to get thousands of other youngsters in on the excitement.


The contest was created to modernize the image of manufacturing and encourage students to consider manufacturing career paths. In its first year, NEPIRC’s contest will field 13 middle school teams, each partnered with a host manufacturer. Outfitted with a GoPro camera, faculty coach, curiosity and creativity, each team will tour its host manufacturer’s facility, interview employees and explore the company’s products and processes. Teams later edit their footage and translate what they find to be “cool” about that company into a short video. Other students, faculty, parents and citizens all throughout the region then place online “votes” for their favorite videos using methods akin to many of today’s “idol” and “voice” television shows.


“We are very excited to launch our first “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” competition in our region,” said Eric Joseph Esoda, NEPIRC’s President/CEO. “The program’s success is spreading across the state and around the country because it promotes STEM education, updates the image of manufacturing and creates a new understanding of opportunities within Pennsylvania’s largest industry. We are very grateful to our schools, regional manufacturers and partners for helping make this program a success.”


Student video submissions will be posted on the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” website – Videos will become open to the public for Viewer’s Choice Award voting in mid-February. Judges will determine winning videos in a variety of other categories as well. At the end of February, students, parents, educators, manufacturing leaders, community sponsors, local legislators and project partners will gather for an award ceremony in late-February to acknowledge winning teams.


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About Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center: 
NEPIRC is a not-for-profit organization that has been providing world-class professional services exclusively to manufacturers throughout northeastern and northern Pennsylvania since 1988. NEPIRC works with manufacturing clients on consultative engagements designed to address their unique challenges and maximize their profitability. NEPIRC promotes manufacturing in the region and helps small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results in today's technology-driven economy. NEPIRC is committed to providing solutions to the region's emerging need for workforce development strategies that support manufacturing now and in the future.


About “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing”: 
Developed by Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” program is a video-based educational tool that increases awareness of career paths in manufacturing. The contest is now conducted nationally through the Manufacturing Institute and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership platforms. Across Pennsylvania alone, 12 regions are conducting contests in 2018.


The initiative 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.

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