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Lehigh Valley Skill Up Partners Unveil Website, Video Contest Voting

The Lehigh Valley Skill Up partners have announced the premiere of their new Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania website and Viewers Choice Award voting for their student video contest.

The Lehigh Valley Skill Up workforce development project is led by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in Bethlehem, Pa., and the Da Vinci Science Center (DSC) is a project partner along with the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI), and the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board (LVWIB).

The Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania website at dreamitdoitpa.com serves as Lehigh Valley Skill Up’s public platform and provides interesting insights and powerful resources about manufacturing careers for students, parents, educators, and manufacturers. Dream It. Do It. is a national grassroots initiative by The Manufacturing Institute in Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to give community groups access to a national platform that promotes manufacturing careers for students.

Lehigh Valley Skill Up seeks to raise awareness of manufacturing careers and their required skills for students in grades K-8, their adult family members, and educators. The project’s student video contest – titled What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? – began in Sept. 2013.

Student teams from 16 public school districts were given digital video cameras; provided training by eMediaWorks of Center Valley, Pa.; and matched with manufacturing companies. Each team was asked to produce a short video showing what is so cool about manufacturing careers at these companies.

The video contest culminates with an awards event at the Da Vinci Science Center on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Judges will give awards in a variety of categories. The most outstanding student videos will be posted on the Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania website, and fans can vote for their favorites between Feb. 24-26, 2014. The video that receives the most online votes wins the contest’s Viewers Choice Award.

Video contest sponsors include Air Products; King Spry Herman Freund & Faul, LLC; Embassy Bank; National Penn Bank; PPL Electric Utilities; Concannon Miller Business Consultants; Northampton Community College; and Hampson Mowrer Kreiz (HMK) Insurance.

Development of the Lehigh Valley Skill Up project began in 2011 through the Da Vinci Science Center’s Summer of Manufacturing – during which the science center partnered with companies, educators, and community leaders to devise strategies for growing the manufacturing workforce. The Lehigh Valley Skill Up project is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

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