More than 1,000 Lehigh Valley students are getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the region’s manufacturing industry today as business leaders mark National Manufacturing Day.
The Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, the Manufacturers Resource Center, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute and Da Vinci Science Center came together to organize today's events and ongoing manufacturing-oriented projects throughout October.
Today, students are visiting the Lehigh Valley's leading manufacturers with tours of Crayola, Nestle Waters, B. Braun Medical Inc., ATAS International Inc and others.
The Workforce Investment Board is funding the transportation to show the students the availability of good-paying jobs in the manufacturing industry.
As an ongoing project as part of the Lehigh Valley Skill-Up Initiative, 19 student teams from 16 school districts will be participating in a video contest where they are tasked with answering the question: "What's so cool about manufacturing?"
The one-year Skill-Up project is funded by a $298,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.