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Prep for Success

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 by
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As part of its Prep for Success program, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing organized trips to local manufacturing facilities for fifty students interested in pursuing careers in manufacturing from Buchanan, Scott, Smyth, and Washington County Schools throughout March and April. Smyth and Washington County students began their day at Utility Trailer Manufacturing, Co. in

Manufacturing Resources Fair

Thursday, 23 March 2017 by
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On March 21st, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, in partnership with the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board,  held its Manufacturing Resources Fair at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia. The purpose of this event was to give local manufacturers an opportunity to connect with and become more aware of the

School Presentations

    During the month of January, SVAM presented to over 660 students at career and technology schools throughout Southwest Virginia. The schools included: Buchanan Co. Career and Tech School, Grayson Co. Career and Tech Center, Russell Co. Career and Tech School, Scott Co. Career and Tech School, Smyth Co. Career and Tech School, Tazewell

Manufacture Your Career

Monday, 19 December 2016 by
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During November, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing organized two Manufacture Your Career events.  These events focused around a panel discussion highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. Students were encouraged to ask questions and network with the panelists at the end of the event. Students were also provided with info-graphic sheets that

2016 Manufacturer of the Year Award Winner, Strongwell

Nearly one hundred and fifty business, government and community leaders from all across Southwest Virginia gathered at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on Thursday, October 6th, to celebrate manufacturing and its contributions to the economy in the region.  At its annual Manufacturers’ Appreciation and Awards Dinner, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing reviewed its

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On August 9th, Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing hosted the 2016 Manufacturers’ Expo at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia. The third annual expo was a decisive success, with a variety of attendees, ranging from manufacturers, to vendors and resource providers. The purpose of the event was to provide a venue for

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On May 25 & 26, 2016, a Made in SWVA (#MadeinSWVA) two day tour of ten manufacturing facilities was provided by SVAM and the SVAM Center of Excellence. Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) Career Coaches, Instructors, and Mechatronics Students were given a unique insight into the production, assembly, and/or fabrication of products, made – right

Maunufacturing your career Spring 2016

On April 13th, in cooperation with Southwest Virginia Community College, Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing co-hosted Manufacture Your Career, a panel discussion highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. Stephanie Davis, Director of Career Services at SWVCC, successfully promoted the event and recruited students from a variety of technical programs to participate.

Dress For Success

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 by
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SVAM has recently been working with schools in Washington, Smyth, Russell and Buchanan counties to provide selected students with an opportunity to shop for and purchase clothing that they could wear to school, interviews and on the job after graduation. This project, called Dress for Success, has allowed SVAM and member companies to connect with

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On March 22nd, in cooperation with Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing co-hosted Manufacture Your Career, an evening panel discussion highlighting the manufacturing sector and the career paths it offers. Beth Boggs, Career and Transfer Counselor at MECC, successfully promoted the event and recruited students from a variety of technical programs to

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