Swimming, Roasting Marshmallows - And Metal Forming!

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation is offering grants to develop camps focused on the manufacturing sector.

Multiple grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each will be awarded by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions.

Groups applying for the grants must be able to conduct an overnight or day camp experience that will introduce children ages 12 to 16 to metal forming careers in manufacturing. The purpose of these grants is to provide a positive, hands-on experience so young people will consider manufacturing as a future career option.

Grant funds may be used for the expenses related to curriculum development and instruction, as well as direct expenses such as housing, meals and transportation. The grant application deadline is December 15, 2006.

A manufacturing “boot camp” will be held at Valley College in October in Illinois. The camp is designed to help potential employees prepare for available manufacturing jobs.

The three-week camp includes plant tours and manufacturing aptitude assessment, internship opportunities and employment assistance.

Twenty-nine people have completed boot camps held earlier this summer with nearly 70% being placed in jobs or internships.

Participants must have a high school diploma or GED, pass a drug test and meet eligibility guidelines under the Workforce Investment Act. For more information, call 815-395-8042.