MANSFIELD -- Today marks the first day of a manufacturing camp to help Richland 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,” Brown said. “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.”
The theme of this week’s camp is Local Manufacturing. This learning opportunity gives local fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders 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 at least 36 camps in 26 counties.
Community partners include North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Regional Manufacturing Coalition, and EPIK, Ltd.
Video remarks from Brown will be played at the camp.
The Summer Manufacturing Camp takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily this week at the North End Community Improvement Collaborative, 134 N Main St, Mansfield.