Webinar: Manufacturing internship takes urban students inside careers

By adapting the best of the European apprenticeship to Northeast Ohio, a new organization takes students inside manufacturing careers. February 28th, Dr. Terrence Robinson will detail the lessons of the program and how it could benefit your students. Battelle’s Heather Sherman will moderate and explain how the program connects with MakerMinded, a powerful tool for finding quality STEM experiences where students can earn points for their school.

Webinar: How MAGNET’s Early College, Early Career program prepares students for success – Register here
The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) has partnered with five high schools, three community colleges, and 11 local manufacturing companies to help solve the manufacturing skills gap and pipeline challenges of Northeast Ohio. MAGNET’s Early College, Early Career program takes students inside manufacturing companies. Over 1,200 high school students have learned about manufacturing careers through this program.

Starting in ninth grade, students at urban high schools learn about manufacturing, certifications they can earn in high school and college credit options. Then, they complete an internship at a manufacturing company. Program graduates receive a job offer from their employer.

Sixty students have continued on to paid internships at Swagelok, Lincoln Electric, Nordson, Parker Hannifin, and more. The program takes the best of the European apprenticeship model and allows Northeast Ohio manufacturers to take workforce development into their own hands. The program makes manufacturing jobs accessible to inner-city and rural youth, with a model any community could follow.


terrence robinsonDr. Terrence Robinson is the Vice-President of Workforce Development & Economic Inclusion at MAGNET. He designs strategic solutions to meet the workforce demands of manufacturers across Northeast Ohio. Dr. Robinson also works in partnership with regional manufacturers to develop economic inclusion strategies.

Prior to joining the team at MAGNET, Dr. Robinson was the Director of Business Development at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in their Workforce, Community and Economic Development Division. While at Tri-C, he was the business development lead for the State of Ohio’s Lean Ohio Program, which trained over 200+ public sector employees in process efficiency methodologies and generated over $700K in training revenue.

Dr. Robinson’s career has been focused on three main areas: Education, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. He believes that the key to a regions long-term economic viability is having systems that build connectivity between education, entrepreneurship and economic development.

Dr. Robinson earned his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Community College Leadership from The Roueche Graduate Center at National American University. In addition to his doctoral degree, Terrence also holds two graduate degrees from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University; a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management and a Master of Science degree in Positive Organizational Development. Dr. Robinson completed his undergraduate work at the historic and prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Finance.

HeatherHeather Sherman, Manager of STEM Schools and Community Partnerships at Battelle and state lead for MakerMinded will detail how to increase teacher awareness of STEM opportunities and the prizes schools can win through MakerMinded.

About this webinar

Through Battelle’s partnership with LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow), the Ohio STEM Learning Network is working to increase awareness of jobs in advanced manufacturing in support of MakerMinded. MakerMinded is an online STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning and educational activity platform where students learn about advanced manufacturing and find transformational STEM learning experiences that set them on track towards advanced manufacturing careers.

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