Video: Inspiring the Next Manufacturers

Innovative programs are reaching out to millennials, making them aware of the wealth of opportunities that exist for an exciting career in manufacturing.

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According to Larissa Hofman, director of communications and associate producer of Edge Factor, the production company is partnering with the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP)—a leading resource for manufacturing companies in the state—to provide 33 high schools that teach machine tool technology with eduFACTOR’s story-driven media and supporting resources to inspire students, reach parents and engage audiences.

For the next 12 months, MassMEP is providing all educators at each of the 33 schools with an eduFACTOR membership to access these high impact resources. “We are seeing perceptions change across our state, as students and parents watch Edge Factor media and engage with eduFACTOR tools. This is the second year we are funding schools with eduFACTOR memberships, and it’s amazing to see the impact it’s having on the next generation in Massachusetts,” says Leslie Parady, MassMEP’s workforce development manager.

“The team at MassMEP is empowering educators who are struggling with tight budgets and limited resources. MassMEP isn’t just talking about filling the skills gap; they are doing something about it by providing tools that really change the awareness and perception of careers in manufacturing. We are excited about this partnership and cannot wait to see what the next year brings,” says Toni Neary, Edge Factor’s partnership architect.

Follow this link for a brief video on how manufacturing is changing people’s lives. Also watch Pete Zelinski, senior editor of Modern Machine Shop and technical specialist on “The Edge Factor Show,” explain production of the machined direct drive pedal from DW drums in this episode.