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Voting Begins for “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Northeast

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Public Polls Open for Northeastern PA’s Manufacturing Student Video Contest

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (PRWEB) March 26, 2019

Public voting polls for northeastern Pennsylvania’s “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” (WSCM) Student Video Contest will open Wednesday, March 27, 12:01 am and run until Friday March 29, 11:59 pm on the website. Everyone throughout the northeastern Pennsylvania community is welcome and encouraged to vote.

The video with the most votes will receive the Viewers Choice Award. The videos will also be reviewed by a panel of judges for awards in five other categories, including Outstanding Editing and Outstanding Educational Value.

"The students put in a lot of work making their videos, and had a lot of fun too. This year’s voter turnout is expected to be larger than ever," said Eric Joseph Esoda, President/CEO of NEPIRC. “The program promotes STEM education and gives students a new perspective for opportunities in manufacturing careers, and I think it benefits students and manufacturers alike to see modern manufacturing through young students’ eyes.”

Presented by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), the WSCM Student Video Contest, gives 8th grade students in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties the opportunity to connect directly with local manufacturers, discover what is "cool" about today’s manufacturing industry and record their experiences through documentary video production. The students are able to gain new perspectives and experiences then present them in an educational way. The contest was created to generate excitement that draws students toward considering manufacturing career paths to create a 21st century workforce.

Partnering with NEPIRC for the project are Manufacturers Resource Center, eMediaWorks, Sahl Communications, Inc., the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, Lackawanna College, and NEPIRC’s Board of Directors.

Educational resources, student camera kits, professional media training from eMediaWorks, student training materials and other project costs were funded by a number of local sponsors, including a generous donation from the PPL Foundation.

Platinum level sponsors include the PPL Foundation, the Lackawanna Workforce Investment Board and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. Educational sponsors include Keystone College and Luzerne County Community College. LPL Financial is the contest’s Silver level sponsor this year. Strategic partners include eMediaWorks and Sahl Communications, Inc.

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About Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC):
NEPIRC is a not-for-profit organization that has been providing world-class professional services exclusively to manufacturers throughout northeastern and northern Pennsylvania since 1988. NEPIRC works with manufacturing clients on consultative engagements designed to address their unique challenges and maximize their profitability. NEPIRC promotes manufacturing in the region and helps small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results in today's technology-driven economy. NEPIRC is committed to providing solutions to the region's emerging need for workforce development strategies that support manufacturing now and in the future.

About “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”™:
Developed by Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), the WSCM program is a video based educational tool that increases awareness of career paths in manufacturing. MRC developed this innovative career awareness program which at its core is "peer marketing" (kids telling kids what's so cool about manufacturing jobs). The contest is showcased on the What's So Cool Website, and shared nationally through the Manufacturing Institute and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership platforms. The contest is expanding across the Commonwealth and the country. Inside Pennsylvania there will be 15 regions conducting contests this year. This contest gives students the opportunity to connect with local manufacturers, document their experiences and present them in an educational and “cool” way. The contest was created to generate excitement that draws students towards manufacturing career paths and STEM education.

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