The PMMI Foundation, Reston, VA, is supporting 10 summer manufacturing camps in 2020 and 2021 with a $100,000 grant to Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs (NBT), the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int’l (FMA). The two organizations have partnered to develop summer camps that educate and inspire the future workforce to explore careers in manufacturing and to narrow the skills gap. The camps will be for approximately 300 students, ages 12-16, and will introduce them to the manufacturing process from design through production.
Summer camps from one to two weeks long have been successful in introducing middle and high school students to high-tech career choices in the advanced manufacturing industry. This summer, NBT will support a record number of 133 camps in the US. Schools interested in camp grant funding must be able to accommodate at least 12 students at their facility, direct an entrepreneurship camp curriculum, introduce manufacturing processes that allow hands-on experiences to build a take-home project, and provide opportunities to tour local manufacturing plants during the camp.
FMA, Elgin, IL, is a professional organization with more than 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry. NBT provides grants to community and technical colleges to produce camps and provide scholarships to promote future careers in manufacturing. The PMMI Foundation works to grow awareness of careers in packaging and processing and provides assistance to schools and programs that develop students to excel in the industry. PMMI, Reston, VA, represents North American manufacturers of equipment, components, and materials for processing and packaging.