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The IMC announced an opportunity to vote for your favorite student produced videos featuring a local manufacturer. You can read more about the contest in their press release below, or follow this link to vote now!


WILLIAMSPORT, PA – April 14, 2020 The Innovative Manufacturers’ Center(IMC) is proud to announce online voting for the first year of the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” (WSCM) Central Susquehanna student video contest.  Voting will commence Wednesday, April 15, 12:01 AM, and remain open until Friday, April 17, 11:59 PM, on Central Susquehanna’s contest page athttps://www.whatssocool.org/.

Student’s videos compete for the most votes to win the coveted “Viewer’s Choice Award.” The videos will also be reviewed by a panel of judges for awards in three other categories, including Outstanding Creativity, Outstanding Team Spirit and Outstanding Brand Placement.

“We are excited to see our school districts and communities participate and support the hard work the students, teachers, and manufacturers have put into this program,” said Dan Manetta, Executive Director/CEO IMC.  “Online voting affords everyone the opportunity to participate and see the videos while further spreading the message about cool career opportunities in local manufacturing.”

The WSCM program was created to generate excitement that draws students toward STEM education opportunities and to consider manufacturing career paths as they engage with local manufacturers, recording and presenting their experiences in an educational and “cool” way through documentary video production.

Partnering with Innovative Manufacturers’ Center, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit and The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce for the project are eMediaWorks, Sahl Communications, Inc and EmpowerStar Marketing. Educational media resources, GoPro Camera kits, professional media training from eMediaWorks, materials, and project costs were funded and made possible by the following: Red Carpet Sponsors; eMediaWorks, EmpowerStar Marketing, Manufacturers Resource Center and Sahl Communications, Inc. Spotlight Sponsors; RETTEW, Commercial Stainless, and Overhead Door. Special Contribution; First Columbia Bank & Trust.

This program is funded, in part, by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Manufacturing to Training Career Grant program.

Visit WhatsSoCool.org for more information and resources and follow on Facebook.com/WSCMCenSusq.


About “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing”:

Developed by Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), the WSCM program is a video-based educational tool that increases awareness of career paths in manufacturing.MRC developed this innovative career awareness program that at its core is “peer marketing” (kids telling kids what’s so cool about manufacturing jobs).  The contest is showcased on the What’s So Cool Website, and shared nationally through the Manufacturing Institute and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership platforms. The Lehigh Valley contest is expanding across the Commonwealth and the country.  Inside Pennsylvania there will be 17 regions conducting contests this year.

This contest gives students the opportunity to connect with local manufacturers, document their experiences and present them in an educational and “cool” way.  The contest was created to generate the excitement that draws students towards manufacturing career paths, and CTE and STEM education.

About Innovative Manufacturer’s Center

Founded in 1988, the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center assists in connecting manufacturers in 12 Pennsylvania counties with the most effective regional, state and national resources to help companies innovate, grow and prosper. An affiliate of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership and supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, IMC is one of seven industrial resource centers in Pennsylvania and serves manufacturers in Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Union, Snyder, Clinton, Centre, Mifflin, Juniata, Huntington, Blair and Bedford Counties.

About Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) is a regional education service agency that prides itself on serving the needs of schools, students, families, and communities. CSIU’s many programs and services reflect our mission to provide quality education services that help students learn, support teachers in bringing best practices to the classroom, and offer valuable services to school districts.  The CSIU’s primary service area consists of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties in central Pennsylvania which includes 17 school districts, 3 career and technical centers, and 69 nonpublic schools.

About The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce

Since its inception in 1996, The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce has evolved, remaining focused on goals which can be summed up in its mission statement: “Working together, the educators and employers of Columbia and Montour counties will ensure that lifelong learners obtain the academic, technical, and employability skills necessary to be successful in the 21st-century workplace.”  Through The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, educators and employers in Columbia and Montour counties work together to provide educational opportunities for the purpose of workforce development. Our educational programs focus on K-12 students as well as continuing education for adults.