Sherrod Brown

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), seen here during a visit to Mansfield last fall, has announced dates for his office's annual summer manufacturing camps for Ohio students.

MANSFIELD -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown today announced his annual summer manufacturing camps for youth around Ohio, including one in Richland County from June 17-21.

Brown, a Mansfield native, partners with Ohio businesses, educators and community leaders to help young Ohioans learn about manufacturing jobs available in the state.

"Manufacturing is one of our state's most important industries, but too often, our companies can't find the workers with the right skills, while our students don't realize all the opportunities available to them," Brown said in a press release.

"We need today's Ohio students to realize all the potential careers they could have in Ohio manufacturing. That's why we started these camps," Brown said.

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His office began organizing the camps in 2013. This year, there will be at least 27 camps in 21 counties.

Campers visit local manufacturers, tour plants and work with their peers on hands-on projects specific to their communities.

In Richland County. the camp will be for students entering grades five through eight. For more information on the camp, contact Nyasha Oden at 419-522-1611, ext. 112, or e-mail Nyasha@necic-ohio.org.