The Association for Manufacturing Excellence has launched a pair of education-based programs geared toward attracting students to manufacturing careers: the Adopt a School Initiative and the Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path Scholarship.
The goal of the AME's Adopt a School Initiative is to connect manufacturing companies with schools in their communities to give students practical learning experience. The program provides STEM students with hands-on manufacturing experience and access to mentors and creates opportunities for teachers and students to attend conferences and workshops at reduced rates. It also includes a free subscription to AME's Target magazine.
The Williamsburg-James City County public school district in southeastern Virginia recently became the first district to participate in the Adopt a School initiative. Students visited a Walmart import distribution center and two high-tech food packaging operations, Ball Corp. and Printpack Inc., to learn about job opportunities in manufacturing and related STEM fields.
The AME's Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path Scholarship is available to high school graduates and those with prior work experience who are seeking a college education in a manufacturing-related field. The application deadline for the 2014-15 fall term is June 13.
The scholarship is sponsored by Kronos and the AME Institute. Its namesake, Sherrie Ford, is a prominent manufacturing business owner and consultant who died in 2011.