PRODUCTION AND MANUFACTURING ACADEMY 2022 CELEBRATES THE CLASS GRADUATION

SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON, USA – July 28, 2022

 

Thirty-three high local school students will graduate from the Production and Manufacturing Academy this Friday after spending three weeks in this interactive trades immersion experience. The students spent time with local area manufacturers with a goal of gaining an understanding of the trades and to explore potential future careers. The graduation ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, July 29 at East Valley High School.

The Production and Manufacturing Academy (PMA) was founded in 2019 to provide an opportunity for high school upperclassmen to explore careers in engineering, welding, machining, design and more. Started with a small manufacturing consortium, the academy has doubled in size in three years of operation. Lead by Wagstaff, Inc., Pearson Packaging Systems, Hanson Industries, Inc., Mackay Manufacturing, Kaiser Aluminum, and Idaho Central Credit Union, the academy consists of manufacturing and education entities that joined forces to actively address the ongoing shortage of skilled trade workers. The shared goal of each PMA sponsor was to coach the students in business planning, production, sales and marketing in the manufacturing world. In an effort to reach more students, this year the Academy was expanded to multiple locations. 

The students will be selling their finished products at the sponsor companies’ facilities and on the Academy’s website.  The products completed by the apprentices include the following:
Heirloom Chest - hand-crafted wooden storage chest.
Step 'n Sit Stool - solid easy-to-use folding step-stool.
Hole in One - a perfect cross between corn-hole and marble toss games.
Limited Edition Artisan Birdhouse - uniquely styled birdhouse.
Portable Checkerboard - handmade rustic gameboard.
The Griz Box - rustic, custom engraved decorative box.
Charcuterie Cutting Board - custom made with maple and cherry wood.
Standard Cutting Board - a smaller size version of the charcuterie board.

Students will also make presentations on their experiences at the graduation ceremony. Each student that completes the entirety of the training with perfect attendance will be awarded a certficate and a monetary stipend. The students will also be able to apply for scholarships that are funded by the PMA sponsors.

For information on the Academy and the Manufacturing Consortium, go to https://www.theproductionacademy.net/.

Premier Partners:
Wagstaff, Inc.
Pearson Packaging
Mackay Manufacturing
Hanson Industries, Inc.

Kaiser Aluminum
Idaho Central Credit Union
Machinists Institute

Anchor Partners:
Hotstart
Career Connect Washington
Greater Spokane, Inc.
Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
KXLY

Academy Supporters & Community Partners
East Valley School District
West Valley School District
Newport High School, Newport WA
Kootenai Technical Education Campus

Cheney High School
Merkle Standard

Northwest Steel Fab Inc.
Unicep
Community Colleges of Spokane
Spokane Workforce Council
Altek Industries
Hawk Ridge Systems
Central Valley School District
Stimson Lumber

 

Media Contact:

Meng Yu
Wagstaff, Inc.

Phone: 509-891-8058

Email: meng.yu@wagstaff.com

 


 

Third Annual Production and Manufacturing Academy

SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON, USA – July 18, 2022

PMA Class of 2022

Wagstaff, Inc. and several local businesses and entities are welcoming 35 local high school students to a three-week interactive trades immersion experience starting Monday, July 11. During their training, the students will experience a real-world product cycle from start to finish, and gain experience to the inner workings of the trades. The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony at the end of July.

The Production and Manufacturing Academy (PMA) was founded in 2019 to provide an opportunity for high school upperclassmen to explore careers in engineering, welding, machining, design and more. Started with a small manufacturing consortium, the academy has doubled in size in three years of operation. Lead by Wagstaff, Inc., Pearson Packaging Systems, Hanson Industries, Inc., Mackay Manufacturing, Kaiser Aluminum, and Idaho Central Credit Union, the academy consists of manufacturing and education entities that joined forces to actively address the ongoing shortage of skilled trade workers. The shared goal of each PMA sponsor was to coach the students in business planning, production, sales and marketing in the manufacturing world. 

During the academy, students will be grouped into teams that design, create, manufacture and sell specific products. Students will experience every step of the manufacturing process, receive exclusive tours of several facilities, gain an understanding of the manufacturing world, and explore potential future careers. Students will also have the opportunity to job shadow with engineers, welders, designers, and other various professionals.

The student teams will make presentations on their products and experiences during their upcoming graduation ceremony. Each student that completes the entirety of the training with perfect attendance will be awarded a certficate and a monetary stipend. The students will also be able to apply for scholarships that are funded by the PMA sponsors.

For more information on the academy, go to https://www.wagstaff.com/Wagstaff/Careers.htm or https://www.theproductionacademy.net/. The following businesses and community partners are participating in this year’s PMA.

Premier Partners:

Wagstaff, Inc.
Pearson Packaging
Mackay Manufacturing
Hanson Industries
Kaiser Aluminum
Idaho Central Credit Union
Machinists Institute

Anchor Partners:

Hotstart
Career Connect Washington
Greater Spokane, Inc.
Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
KXLY

Academy Supporters & Community Partners:

East Valley School District
West Valley School District
Newport High School, Newport WA
Kootenai Technical Education Campus (KTEC)
Cheney High School
Merkle Standard
Northwest Steel Fab Inc.
Unicep
Community Colleges of Spokane
Spokane Workforce Council
Altek Industries
Hawk Ridge Systems
Central Valley School District
Stimson Lumber

 

 

Media Contact


Meng Yu
Wagstaff, Inc.
meng.yu@wagstaff.com
509.891.8058

 


 

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2ND PRODUCTION AND MANUFACTURING ACADEMY

SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON, USA – July 9, 2021

Twenty high school students will begin the second manufacturing and technology interactive immersion starting Monday, July 12 and wrapping up with a graduation ceremony July 30.  After spending three weeks with area manufacturers, students aim to gain an understanding of the trades and explore potential future careers.

The Production and Manufacturing Academy was founded in 2019 to provide an avenue for young people to get exposure to careers in the trades in the Spokane area.  Lead by Wagstaff, Inc., Greater Spokane, Inc., East Valley School District, and the Spokane Workforce Council, a group of manufacturing and education entities joined forces to actively address the ongoing shortage of skilled workers in the trades.

The manufacturing and education community in the Spokane Valley pulled together to produce a program that allowed high school juniors and seniors to experience how a trades career could provide job satisfaction in the way of creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and rewards through this 3-week academy.  The students will be given a project in the first few days of the academy, followed by introduction to production scheduling, material supply chain, and quality.  After the product design phase, production will then take place using shop machine tools and additive manufacturing.  The final challenge will be a focused on marketing and selling the items designed and produced over the length of the course.

The first Academy was held in 2019 and immersed students with the wide-angle view of an engineering and production operation for the 20 students who graduated.  The products completed by the apprentices included a mobile music amplifier, cutting boards, and bird houses.  The students sold their finished products at the sponsor companies’ facilities and at East Valley High School.  With only 36 hours’ notice, students were given the assignment to sell their products with only 2 hours of operations.  The teams sold their inventory and raised $1,540 in revenue in 2 hours and ultimately raised $5,000.  The proceeds were donated to the school districts for use in STEM education. Three students were awarded 2-year trade education scholarships, and all of the students earned a stipend and a diploma.

The Production and Manufacturing Academy was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, but is back in 2021 thanks to the supporters of organic growth in trades education and workforce development in the Spokane Area.   For more information on the Academy or its supporters, go to the Careers page on wagstaff.com.  For information on members of the Manufacturing Consortium, see the following websites:

Greater Spokane, Inc.

Kaiser Aluminum

Hanson Industries

Pearson Packaging

Mackay Manufacturing

Hotstart

Altek Industries

Unicep

Historic Flight

Hawk Ridge Systems

Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce

Career Connect Washington

Spokane Workforce Council

Community Colleges of Spokane

East Valley School District

West Valley School District

Wagstaff, Inc.

 

Media Contact

Heather Brandt

509.321.3178

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