Video competition for high schoolers emphasizes ‘cool’ manufacturing

Video competition for high schoolers emphasizes ‘cool’ manufacturing

Program promotes industry partnerships; introduces youth to manufacturing and future careers

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — October 26, 2017 — What’s so cool about manufacturing? Connecticut’s high schools and manufacturers are about to get together and not just tell you … but show you.

Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. (CTDIDI) is launching a statewide “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video competition designed to educate students and communities about how manufacturing companies are in a dynamic setting with great employment opportunities.

The innovative video program is a Manufacturing Institute national best practice model designed to promote industry partnerships and introduce youth to today’s manufacturing workplace and future careers. Developed by Dream It. Do It. network partners in Pennsylvania, the competition has been successful in several states. It will begin in January after industry partners are matched with schools. Each of the four regions will select a winning video from among the entries and host a local awards event in April, and then in May CTDIDI will host a statewide reception for the four winners and select one state grand champion.

The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance has hosted a local video competition for high schools in that region for the past several years.

“We are continuing that model, and expanding the video competition with the addition of three new regional partners: the Smaller Manufacturers Association of CT in Waterbury, the New Haven Manufacturers Association, and Hartford’s Capital Workforce Partners,” said Susan Palisano, director, Education & Workforce Development for the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology.

The competition involves area high schools partnering with local manufacturers to learn about that company’s product, operations and staff to discover all the “cool” things a career in manufacturing offers. Student teams and industry partners will collaborate on the creation of a video, in response to a specific theme to be announced in the late fall.

To learn more about how schools and manufacturers can participate in the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video competition, please contact Calvin Brown at

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Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. (CTDIDI) is one of more than 40 state efforts focused on developing an awareness of rewarding careers in manufacturing. CCAT licenses and leads CTDIDI as part of The National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute’s nationwide campaign to create a positive image of today’s manufacturing.