Washington, DC, -  Critical to changing the perception of manufacturing is engaging youth in the advanced manufacturing experience and allowing them to participate first hand in the high-tech, talent-driven innovation that drives our competitiveness. The Manufacturing Institute has begun to capture best practices of Dream It. Do It. programs that have successfully engaged youth in manufacturing and STEM themed activities. These best practices will cumulate into the Inspiring the Next Generation toolkit with the purpose of engaging students in STEM Pathways and Manufacturing Careers.

The first best practice comes from partners of the Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania program and focuses on work-based learning. The Rotational Internship Program, conceived by B. Braun Medical Inc., Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc. and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI), provides students with an opportunity to complete four six weeks internships at multiple employers. The goal of the activity is to change the perception of manufacturing by exposing young people to the wide variety of jobs available in the field.

Jan Klevis, Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Education at LCTI says that the students participating the program are "changing the dialogue of manufacturing". The success of the program has led to plans of expansion and bringing more students and companies in to participate.

Learn more about how Dream It. Do It. is inspiring the next generation to pursue manufacturing careers.

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