"What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Video Competition

Vote for the EAMA 2015 “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video competition today. Voting closes April 17! EAMA will host a film festival for the area teams, their families, friends and teachers on April 29, 2015 at Three Rivers Community College. All of the videos will be screened during the festival and prizes will be awarded.

Voting for the EAMA 2015 “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video competition is open until April 17!  EAMA will host a film festival for the area teams, their families, friends and teachers on April 29, 2015 at Three Rivers Community College. All of the videos will be screened during the festival and prizes will be awarded.

EAMA is running a project to bring local high schools and manufacturers together to educate students on career opportunities in manufacturing and to provide information on the skills required to be successful in the manufacturing field. The goal of the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video competition is to educate students, teachers and parents about the manufacturing industry by pairing a high school team with a manufacturing company in the area to create a video that showcases “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”.

Thirteen student teams from 10 public, regional and technical high schools from Woodstock to Westerly, Rhode Island are participating. Each student team is paired with a regional manufacturer. Manufacturers range from small start-ups to large manufacturers with multiple locations. Student teams and their manufacturing partners created videos of three minutes or less. Each completed video is now posted on the EAMA website, the paired manufacturing company website, and on Youtube for popular voting. 

The seeds for what is now the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) were sown in 1994, when representatives from local plastics industry businesses, in conjunction with Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), formed the Quinebaug Valley Plastics Institute (QVPI). QVPI supported students entering the plastics industry through workshops, seminars, training, education, and employment opportunities. In 2010, QVPI changed its name to the Quinebaug Manufacturing Institute to expand its membership and broaden its impact to the entire manufacturing industry. In 2013, in recognition of the group’s expanding presence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, the organization changed its name to the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA).

EAMA partners with Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), Three Rivers Community College (TRCC), Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School, and H.H. Ellis Technical High School to increase the capacity and industry-relevance of the region’s primary manufacturing training and educational programs. EAMA works with these educational partners to change perceptions of the manufacturing industry and promote manufacturing careers to youth and adults. EAMA supports its two partner colleges to align their efforts to best meet the needs of all regional manufacturers.