The Alliance works collaboratively with educators to reach the K-12 population. Outreach includes helping with student Academic Career Planning (ACP). “Wisconsin ACP is intended to equip students and their families with the tools necessary to make more informed choices about post secondary education and training as it leads to careers. It is part of Wisconsin DPI’s (Department of Public Instruction) overall vision for every student to graduate high school college and career ready. Students need to be critical thinkers, collaborate and solve real-world problems, and persevere when things aren’t quite going their way. It’s about making them productive adults with satisfying careers.”
Below are some of the programs NEWMA administers and/or promotes to encourage children and teens to consider pursuing a manufacturing career.
ACADEMIC & CAREER PLANNING TOOLKIT – Provides schools with yearly, specific updated resources that promote manufacturing careers.
ALL STARS – The All Stars magazines provide career awareness. Alliance member companies nominate their employees to be spotlighted in the annual magazine. The magazine’s online version features three-minute video clips of each winner discussing their job and information about their company. Over 200,000 copies have been distributed.
CAREER EXPLORATION EVENTS – Each year Alliance members have the opportunity to participate in regional student career exploration events. The Greater Green Bay Chamber’s ‘Find Your Inspiration’ and the Fox Cities Chamber’s ‘Your Future LIVE Career Expo’ are examples of events Alliance members have collectively participated.
CAREER EXPLORATION @ MANUFACTURING FIRST EXPO & CONFERENCE (MFEC) – The Alliance hosts 500+ high school students to learn about careers directly from manufacturing companies. The students also get to listen to a special presentation for them from a renowned MFEC keynote speaker.
EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING/K-12 PARTNERSHIPS AWARDS – The Alliance believes it is critically important for manufacturers to work with and support education. The awards spotlight best practices throughout the New North region.
GET REAL MATH! – The Get Real Math videos showcase numerous math skills used in the real world. The videos help answer the student question, ‘When am I every going to use this in the real world?’ The videos feature a lesson plan created by a math teacher to be used in the classroom. All the videos, teacher lesson plans and student worksheets are free. The videos can be part of a school’s academic and career planning (ACP). The Get Real Math Premiere is held each fall and debuts the latest videos.
K-12 TASK FORCE – Focused on working with K-12 and engaging parents about manufacturing careers.
MANUFACTURER PARTNERSHIPS WITH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO SOLVE REAL PROBLEMS – Manufacturers partner with schools to systematically solve real manufacturer problems.
MATH COUNCIL – Works on and provides expertise to the Get Real Math videos and lesson plans.
SEAPERCH COMPETITION – Is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. The North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance and NEWMA partner with The Einstein Project and Navy League to hold a regional competition in February. The winning school/organization has the opportunity to attend the national competition.
SOLUTIONS TO THE TECH ED TEACHER CRISIS TASK FORCE – Works with education reps to promote tech ed careers.
STEM TASK FORCE – Focused on engaging youth in math, science, engineering and technology. The STEM Task Force helps plan the the Get Real Math videos and Premiere.
TAKE YOUR DAUGHTER/SON TO WORK DAY – The best way to help kids learn about manufacturing careers is to see people that work in the profession. The goal is to showcase manufacturing careers to youth by observing their parent’s occupation and learn more about your company.
TRANSPORTATION SPONSOR – NEWMA sponsors school bus transportation so students can attend manufacturing events and/or plant tours.
YOU CAN ‘MAKE IT’ IN NORTHEAST WISCONSIN – Company reps work with rotating, small groups of students. They host an activity for the student to ‘make’ something or provide an activity that showcases manufacturing careers. Students research participating companies prior to the event. A soft job fair is held after school when parents return to see what the children created.
You Can MAKE It in Northeast Wisconsin
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Take Your Son/Daughter to Work Day
Teamwork is a core value of NEWMA’s K-12 initiatives.