Chester, VA, July 14, 2016 – Thirty-seven students have signed up to participate in the 4th Annual Dream It Do It Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Camp July 27 – 30 at Industrial TurnAround Corporation (ITAC), 13141 N. Enon Church Road in Chester.
The camp is sponsored by the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber, area manufacturers and school systems in the City of Hopewell and the counties of Dinwiddie and Prince George. Twelve students from Hopewell High School; 13 students from Dinwiddie High School and 12 students from Prince George High School will participate in the competition.
ITAC Engineers & Constructors will host the camp again for its fourth year. One of seven in the state, the camp provides a free hands-on learning opportunity for area teens. Attendees will learn how technology is applied in manufacturing and skilled trades. Through field trips and the curriculum they will learn about career paths to these good jobs in manufacturing.
During the Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Camp, students will be divided into teams to make a finished clock using technology similar to that used today in local manufacturing logistics and skilled trade settings. Members of the winning team will each be awarded $500 scholarships they can redeem from the Virginia Industry Foundation when they are accepted for post-secondary education or training at a certified school which would lead them to STEM careers, like manufacturing.
Students will receive three days of preparation, which includes lectures and hands-on training in estimating their budgets, placing orders for raw materials, planning production, managing safety, building a team, marketing their product and sharing resources. They will also tour two manufacturing facilities: Rolls Royce and the Ft. Lee Ordinance Welding School.
Becky McDonough, CEO of the HPG Chamber of Commerce, says, “This camp is an eye opener for students as it provides an education on the manufacturing process from raw materials to finished goods in a team environment. It connects what the students learn in math, science, technology, engineering, marketing and business classes to the real world in our region.”
Scholarship funds are made possible by area manufacturers such as DuPont Teijin Films, Service Center Metals, GDF Suez – Hopewell Cogeneration, Gerdau, and others. New donors this year are Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP, and the Prince George Electrical Coop. The Hopewell Manufacturers Association and Cogentrix are the principal providers of the machining equipment and software for the program. The Manufacturing Technology Camp model was developed by STIHL Inc., a global manufacturer of chain saws and other outdoor power equipment, with its US operations located in Virginia Beach, and presented to the Dream it. Do it. Virginia network as an opportunity to host students throughout the state for this valuable hands-on learning experience. This is the fourth year the camp has been held in Chester.
About Dream It. Do It. Virginia
The Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) outreach and awareness network is a partner of the National Dream It. Do It. network as developed by the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and expanded to Virginia in 2007 by the Virginia Industry Foundation (VIF) and VMA. The DIDIVA network’s mission is to encourage people to explore and pursue advanced technology careers in Virginia, like manufacturing, biotechnology, robotics, nanotechnology, aviation, energy, information technology, healthcare and more. DIDIVA offers a free, online career resource tool built by Virginia’s advanced technology sector to help individuals learn more about exciting career opportunities and connect them with possible future employment, as well as a two-time award winning “So What Do You Do?” integrated marketing campaign featured in all its media. For more information, visit www.dreamitdoitvirginia.com.