Wood County students to learn about manufacturing

Students work on building gliders at "Making It" camp last year.

(Submitted by Senator Sherrod Brown)

Monday marks the first day of a manufacturing camp to help Wood County students learn about manufacturing, teamwork, and local production facilities. The office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) helped organize the camp.

“Ohioans are proud of our state’s long manufacturing history. To keep up that tradition, we must get a new generation interested in our changing manufacturing sector. That’s what these camps are all about,” said Brown. “These camps are helping students around Ohio learn about manufacturing jobs right here in Ohio and the opportunities our manufacturing sector has created for their parents and grandparents.”

This learning opportunity gives local students the opportunity to learn about careers in their community, tour local manufacturing facilities, and learn from experts. Students learn how products are made, participate in team-building exercises, and work on a project specific to their community.

Brown’s office started organizing summer manufacturing camps in 2013, and since then, the number of camps throughout the state has grown every year. This year, Brown’s office will help organize 19 camps in 15 counties.

Community partners include Wood County Educational Service Center, PENTA Career Center, Ohio Means Jobs Wood County, BGSU, Bowling Green City Schools, Otsego City Schools, Wood County Economic Development Commission, Wood County District Public Library, and the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in Stem Education.

Video remarks from Brown will be played at the camp and every camper will receive a special certificate from the Office of Senator Brown during the closing ceremony.