The OhioMeansJobs (OMJ) Center is proud to work, for the ninth consecutive year, in partnership once again with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, local businesses, community leaders, higher education and local schools to host a Summer Manufacturing Camp (SMC). 

As in previous years, the goal of this camp is to provide middle school students with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive perspective of the careers available in manufacturing today. As one of Ohio’s, and more importantly Jackson County’s, most significant industries, it is critical that students understand the opportunities that manufacturing has to offer the community.

The Summer Manufacturing Camp will be offered to inbound 7th and 8th grade students, Tuesday, July 27 to Thursday, July 29 at the University of Rio Grande’s Jackson Center located at 980 E. Main St. in Jackson. Both in-person and virtual tours will be offered by Bellisio Foods, General Mills, and Phoenix Quality Manufacturing, as their individual COVID-19 policies dictate. Demonstrations and presentations will be given by Fluor BWXT, Ohio University’s Voinovich School, Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, and the University of Rio Grande.

This year, thanks to their sponsors, the camp registration fee has been waived. Campers may attend and have access to this opportunity for free.

The Camp will provide insight into the technology, innovation and advanced practices that are being utilized across the industry each day. Whether students are thinking about a career in logistics, human resources, management, marketing, engineering, biochemistry, maintenance, robotics or computer science, the SMC will offer a preview of jobs that will push the manufacturing industry outside the 21st century. 

Jackson County Job and Family Services Director Tammy Osborne-Smith commented, “A tremendous thank you goes out to the OMJ community partners at the University of Rio Grande and the Rio Grande Community College Jackson Center, who are hosting this year’s event. On behalf of the OhioMeansJobs Center and their collaborative sponsors, the public is encouraged to share and promote this year’s event, as Jackson County’s manufacturing industry and related businesses are the key to its future.”

For any questions regarding this event, or to register, contact Sharissa Cooper of JCJFS at 740-688-4194 or 740-688-8766.