A media tour hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development began an initiative that will introduce manufacturing opportunities as career opportunities to young children; from kindergarten to eighth grade.
The “Dream It, Do It. Pennsylvania” campaign will let Lehigh Valley students take plant tours at specific sites and sponsor an eighth grade manufacturing video contest for Lehigh and Northampton county students.
The initiative is geared towards making today’s youth realize that a manufacturing career is a viable option and also brings attention to one of the Lehigh Valley hottest segments; manufacturing growth.
The media tour promoted the state's advanced food and beverage manufacturing facilities. PA locations are enhanced by the states strong electrical grid and large amounts of agricultural acres, two factors that allow manufactures to take advantage of technology and reduce waste.
Another area showcased was based upon almost 600,000 manufacturing jobs remain unfilled nationwide, educational opportunities. Northampton Community College is now offering electromechanical engineering credits that specialize in the training that local manufacturers need for individuals to work in conjunction with their technology and equipment.
This is the main reason for the Manufacturing Resource Center in Bethlehem is partnering with the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI), the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board and DaVinci Science Center to bring a national manufacturing career campaign to the state and ensure that no manufacturing jobs go unfilled in Pennsylvania.