NORTHWEST, MI—Careers in manufacturing will be showcased in a student video contest available to all high school students in northwest Michigan. The contest is designed to show what modern manufacturing jobs are really like and to show that there are opportunities for rewarding careers in the manufacturing industry. The student teams with the top videos will win cash prizes for their schools and gift cards for each team member.
The contest is organized by the Education Advisory Group (EAG) of the Northwest Michigan Workforce Development Board and sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College (NMC). It is open to all high school students in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties. The student teams will visit local manufacturing plants and put together a three minute video highlighting career opportunities in manufacturing. Students do not need to be enrolled in a film or visual media program in order to participate in the contest.
“We need to encourage young people to pursue careers in manufacturing,” said Bruce Schafer, vice president of manufacturing at Rexair in Cadillac and a member of the EAG. “We can innovate, design and engineer anywhere in the world. Local skilled labor allows products to be made here.”
More information about the student video contest is available at: nwm.org/video-challenge. There is no entry fee and the deadline for video submissions is March 1, 2014. Student teams must register in order to receive full participation information, so early registration is encouraged.
The EAG is made up of educators and business people and advises the Northwest Michigan Workforce Development Board regarding the educational portion of local plans and programs.
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