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Camp introduces students to manufacturing, design process

Design, produce and manufacture! Students participating in the manufacturing technology summer camp are learning all those techniques in relationship to creating a clock.

On Wednesday morning, the South Central Workforce Investment Board in partnership with Southside Virginia Community College and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center held press day where students, instructors, speakers and sponsors enjoyed breakfast and presentations.

The program opened with welcome remarks from South Central Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Debra Crowder, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Executive Director Dr. Betty Adams and Southside Virginia Community College President Dr. John Cavan.

The Dream It, Do It Virginia Manufacturing Technology Camps introduce older youth to the manufacturing design process in a fun and interactive format. During camp, a variety of activities structure each day including tours, lectures and manufacturing demonstrations. 

Additionally a competitive manufacturing assignment is built into the camp where students are divided into teams and given time to collaborate and work on their assignment with the knowledge and expertise of industry engineers from multiple disciplines.

“I’ve been surrounded with a good team this week, and that makes it easier,” said Dream It, Do It Camp Instructor Ronnie Cole.

According to Cole, the students were still “in design” on their project Wednesday which was a clock.

“The students will design, produce and manufacture…things are going great so far,” said Cole.

Students will compete Friday and put their projects through mass production.

Following breakfast and welcome remarks Wednesday morning, students listened as Process Engineer Patricia Ricketts delivered a presentation on ABB and how the facility is focused on advanced manufacturing and innovation.