Dream It. Do It. PA

Lehigh Valley Student Video Contest Grows to 30 Teams for 2016

Lehigh Valley Manufacturing Student Video Contest Gains Additional Sponsorships and Schools

The Dream It. Do It. PA partnership’s third annual Lehigh Valley Student Video Contest, titled What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?, has a total of 30 schools participating for 2016, an increase of eight from last year.

The parntership’s flagship video contest gives students in Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill, and Carbon Counties the opportunity to connect directly with local manufacturers, document their experiences, and present them in an educational and “cool” way through video media. The contest was created to generate excitement that draws students towards manufacturing career paths. The Lehigh Valley Student Video Contests have been so successful that other areas inside and outside of Pennsylvania are holding similar contests or are planning to hold contests. Dream It. Do It. PA supports these efforts by providing web hosting to these regional groups.

Online voting for the third annual Lehigh Valley contest’s Viewers Choice Award will be available Feb. 17-19, 2016 at DreamItDoItPA.com.

“We are very pleased to launch the Student Video Contest for its third year here in the Lehigh Valley. The program’s success is spreading across the state of PA and the country,” says Jack Pfunder, President and CEO of the Manufacturers Resource Center in Allentown, Pa., lead partner of the Dream It. Do It. PA partnership.

Partnering with the Manufacturers Resource Center for the project is PBS39 and Da Vinci Science Center. Educational media resources, GoPro Camera kits, professional media training from PBS39, materials, and project costs were funded and made possible by the following: Platinum Sponsors; Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board and Manufacturers Resource Center. Gold Sponsors; Aerotek Staffing Agency, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc, ATAS International, B. Braun Medical, Inc., Bracalente Manufacturing Group, The Equinox Agency, King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul LLC, PNC Bank, PPL Electric Utilities, Sahl Communications, and Talen Energy. Silver Sponsors; Bitronics, Concannon, Miller & Co., ESPI, Follett Corporation, Just Born Quality Confections, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Lutron Electronics Company, Inc., Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Nestle Waters North America, Northampton Community College, Piramal Critical Care Inc., ProtoCAM, Provident Bank, Smooth-On, Inc., Stanley Vidmar, and Mack Trucks. Bronze Sponsors; C.F. Martin & Co., Cardinal Systems, Inc., County of Northampton, Express Employment Professionals, GLVCC, Manufacturing Council, Highwood USA, LLC, HMK Insurance, Ondra-Huyett, TPEI, Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, Carbon County Chamber, Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Career Institute of Technology, Da Vinci Science Center, GoPro, Innovation Studios, and Lehigh Career & Technical Institute. Media Sponsors; Lehigh Valley Business, WFMZ, 99.9 Hawk, WDIY, Adams Outdoors and PBS 39.

For more information regarding the Lehigh Valley student video contest and Dream It. Do It. PA, please visit DreamItDoItPA.com and facebook.com/dreamitdoitpa.

About the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Contest?

The What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest for middle school students is presented by Dream It. Do It. PA. 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. This year’s Lehigh Valley contest includes 30 teams from 25 school districts across five counties – Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill, and Bucks.

About Manufacturers Resource Center

Since 1988, the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) has helped small and mid-sized manufacturers become more competitive, adopt lean and agile processes, strategically grow their companies and invest more effectively in their existing human capital.  MRC is a nonprofit organization partially funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST-MEP program, as well as the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development. The MRC is dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunity in eastern Pennsylvania’s Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.

About Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania

Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania is the public brand for a partnership directed by the Manufacturers Resource Center originating in 2013. The effort known as Lehigh Valley Skill Up was dedicated to changing perceptions of advanced manufacturing careers in the Keystone State. Dream It. Do It. is a national grassroots initiative by The Manufacturing Institute in Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to give community groups access to a national platform that promotes manufacturing careers. Groups in 38 American states have joined the Dream It. Do It. campaign. The Lehigh Valley Skill Up Partnership is the first group in Pennsylvania to participate. The website at DreamItDoItPA.com includes useful information and resources for students, parents, educators, and manufacturers.

State and Lehigh Valley Region Manager

Karen Buck
Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), Allentown, Pa.