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Voting Begins for Berks Schuylkill “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”

Voting Begins for Berks Schuylkill “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”

Public Polls Open for Manufacturing Student Video Contest

Reading, PA – Public voting opened on February 27 for Berks Schuylkill third annual “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Student Video Contest. The polls opened on 12:01a.m. on Wednesday, February 27th and will close on Friday, March 1, at 11:59p.m. on the website:

The video that receives the most votes will be awarded with the “Viewer’s Choice Award.” There are 10 other categories for awards that will be presented to schools by a panel of judges including “Outstanding Career Pathway” and “Outstanding Team Spirit.”

Presented by Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), the Student Video Contest: “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” (WSCM) gives students in Berks and Schuylkill Counties the opportunity to network with local manufacturers as well as gain new perspectives, record their experiences and present them in an educational and “cool” way through documentary video production. The program was created to generate excitement that draws students towards considering manufacturing career paths to create a 21st century workforce.

“As the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” contest spreads across 15 regions in Pennsylvania, the students’ efforts are expected to bring a record voter turnout this season.” says Jack Pfunder, President & CEO of Manufacturers Resource Center. “We’re excited that a program started here in the Lehigh Valley has become so impactful for education, manufacturing and our communities. The public voting really allows students to connect across school districts in each region, in an educational, fun way.”

Educational media resources, GoPro Camera kits, professional media training from eMediaWorks, materials, and project costs were funded and made possible by the following: Platinum Sponsor; Berks Business-Education Coalition, Berks County Workforce Development Board and Manufacturers Resource Center. Gold Sponsor; BB&T, Berks County Industrial Development Authority, Fromm Electric, Hydro, Meridian Bank, Reading Bearing & Drive Solutions,  and ViWinco, Inc. Silver Sponsors; Aerotek, Anderson Group, API, Appeeling Fruit, Inc., Berks Packing Company, Inc., Brentwood Industries, Inc., DeLux Dental Laboratory, Electro-Space Fabricators, Inc., ESPI, First Energy Corp, John F. Martin & Sons, LLC, King’s Real Estate Development & Management Company, Packaging Corporation of America , Quadrant EPP USA, Inc., RADIUS, Reading Area Community College, RER Energy Group, RETTEW, Riverview Bank, RKL LLP, R. M. Palmer Company, Sweet Street Desserts, The Rose Corporation, and World Electronics. Bronze Sponsors; Berks Career and Technology Center, Berks County Community Foundation, Berks County Intermediate Unit, Cambridge Lee Industries, LLC, Mail Shark, Misco Products Corporation, Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center, Schuylkill County Intermediate Unit, Schuylkill Technology Center, SSM Group and Sterman Masser, Inc. Media Sponsors; BCTV, Lamar, and Reading Eagle.

For more information regarding the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Video Contest please visit and Twitter @WSCMBerksSchuyl.

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 which 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 contest is expanding across the Commonwealth and the country. Inside Pennsylvania there will be 15 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 excitement that draws students towards manufacturing career paths and STEM education.