Northeast Ohio students reap rewards from Arconic Foundation Grant

MAGNET has recently completed work on a grant award by the Arconic (formerly Alcoa) Foundation. The grant, designed around activities for middle and high school students, centered on increasing awareness of viable career paths in advanced manufacturing through plant tours, presentations, and other work-based learning activities. Over 350 children from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Olmstead Falls City Schools, Polaris Career Center, and Strongsville City Schools participated, with educators and students being introduced to professionals from local companies currently serving in technical or engineering-oriented positions.

Initial feedback indicates that tours and presentations made a positive impact on views of manufacturing as well as career decisions. Of the students surveyed, over 83 percent would consider a career in manufacturing, 91 percent would recommend the activity to other students, and 80 percent said the activity furthered their understanding of how science, technology, engineering, and math (collectively known as STEM fields) are used in a manufacturing environment.

Comments from students including the following:

• “I enjoyed the information about careers and the future that manufacturing provides.”
• “I learned that manufacturing opportunities are available whether you go to college or a career-tech school.”
• “I liked learning about technology works from different people.”

MAGNET would like it express our deepest thanks and appreciate to the Arconic Foundation for their support through this grant. This efforts will be continued and expanded upon through grants provided by other foundations, and will play an active role in encouraging students to consider advanced manufacturing careers and pursue activities leading to more training and “earn and learn” opportunities.

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