#MadeinSWVA Manufacturing Tours
The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. and SVAM Center of Excellence want to connect K-12 to industry in a hands-on, in-person way. In partnership with area community colleges, SVAM and SVAM-CoE are coordinating a series of tours of the diverse manufacturing industry throughout southwest Virginia.
The goal of the tours is to inform career coaches, educators, students, and parents about manufacturing careers and opportunities in southwest Virginia, and help those in education make connections between classroom learning and possible careers.
- When career coaches and teachers have this information, they are able to share it with students and their parents, along with educating them about the technical training the students need for the field.
- The tours also help teachers explain to students why they need math and science, and what they translate to in future careers.
- Manufacturers are constantly on the lookout for good employees and partners. It’s vital that we have a qualified workforce prepared to step into this growing industry that serves as the backbone of our local and national economy.
- Career Coaches can gain some insight about the direction students could go.
- The tour is also an opportunity to see what’s in our own backyard.
- Teachers who have toured manufacturing facilities have stated they will be able to implement in their classrooms some of the ideas they learned about during the tours.
- To better prepare students for work careers.
- To educate parents about the secure, good-paying careers available in the region.
- By seeing the career field first-hand, one can see what students might be doing after graduation. At the very least, tour participants gain a more realistic view of what manufacturing actually is versus outdated perceptions:
- Modern manufacturing is smart, safe and sustainable;
- Manufacturing is an improving industry sector;
- Manufacturing jobs pay better;
- Both women and men have satisfying manufacturing careers; and
- Good careers in manufacturing do not require a college degree
- From biotech to green chemistry, custom-made products to 3-D printing, today’s manufacturing is a far cry from the smokestacks and assembly lines you probably imagine.