Aspiring (and inspiring) young manufacturers visited by state cabinet official
“The Wolf Administration is proud to support camps like these and introduce the next generation to different ways they can work in the manufacturing industry,” Neil Weaver said. “It’s exciting to be here to see firsthand the excitement and enthusiasm these students have for manufacturing. From what I’ve seen here today, the future of Pennsylvania manufacturing is in very good hands.”
Gov. Tom Wolf had earmarked nearly $80,000 in grants to Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, a charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, to partner in six Summer Manufacturing Camps this year and another dozen in 2023.
The acting secretary (whose father, Dean, earned an accounting degree from the college in the 1960s) earlier checked in on two other camps – "Circuits, Tech and Beyond" in St. Mary's and "Bioengineering and 3D Printing" in Philadelphia – to hear students' reasons for attending and to gain feedback on their interactive immersion into the curriculum. At Penn College, the students will receive hands-on experience with 3D design software, machining, CNC automation, plastics and welding; their new skills will be incorporated into building a toolbox, a machinist's hammer and a center punch (all of which will be displayed during a Thursday closing showcase for parents.
The camp also attracted WBRE/WYOU's Jazzmyn Allen, who toured campus with the acting secretary and communications director Penny Ickes. She talked with Weaver; Webb; and campers Noah Benoit-Jean, of Horsham, and Taylor Anthony, of Bloomfield, New Jersey, both rising freshmen, for a piece that premiered during the 6 p.m. newscast.
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