Bradford Area School District (BASD) was recently awarded a $200,000 grant through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC) to create a student-run program and boost awareness of available opportunities in the commonwealth’s manufacturing industry.
On Friday, April 8, at 2 p.m., a press conference will be held at Bradford Area High School about the grant-funded student-run enterprise that will be launched, in collaboration with area manufacturers and the Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC), enhancing the development of students for manufacturing careers.
The new student-run manufacturing enterprise, which will be known as BAHS Manufacturing, puts the information learned by students in their coursework to practical use as they produce actual parts, deliver services, and add value as part of the supply chain for local manufacturers.
During the academic school year, students will learn about and perform different job functions in manufacturing, develop essential life-long skills, utilize advance manufacturing technologies, and build relationships with local companies. Initial positions of the student-run enterprise will include production manager, machinists, business manager and marketing manager.
At the same time this work readiness is occurring, capacity for local manufacturers is advancing, a short-term solution to job placement is underway, future talent pipeline issues are being addressed and the next generation of manufacturing business leaders is being cultivated. Students will have the opportunity to be mentored, gain expert insight and develop essential and advanced manufacturing skills. The working relationships established and developed will position the students for future employment opportunities.
Sen. Cris Dush (R-25) and Rep. Martin Causer (R-67) will join BASD administration, school faculty and NWIRC representatives to talk about the innovative program and be available for comment.
WHAT: Bradford Area High School Student-run Manufacturing Enterprise Press Conference
WHEN: 2 p.m., Friday, April 8
WHERE: Bradford Area High School, 81 Interstate Pkwy, Bradford, PA 16701
CONTACT: Zack Ankeny