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    June 27, 2017
    Teachers Manufacturing In-Plant Experience 2017


    During the week of June 5 through June 9th, 2017, 10 teachers from the Okmulgee Public School participated in an experience that will help them understand advanced manufacturing in Okmulgee.  The Teachers' Manufacturing In-plant Experience 2017 is a collaboration between The Okmulgee Area Plant Managers' Association, Okmulgee Area Development Corporation, and the Okmulgee Public Schools. 
     
    Four local manufacturers are giving teachers a chance to learn more about their business, so that they can pass along their knowledge to students.  The four local manufacturers participating this year are CPKelco, PolyVision, Covington Aircraft, and PACCAR.  The Okmulgee Public School teachers participating are: Scott Bevan, Toni Peterson, Kandi Dean, Johnny Dreyer, David Dunlap, Juanita Morgan, Carla Tinkham, Zack Hopkins, Skyleen Willingham, and Mariah Price. 
     
    Prior to an internship at the plants, the teachers attended an orientation workshop, where they discussed manufacturing, each of the four manufacturers, and the 'soft skills' that successful employees demonstrate.  Additionally, they all participated in a manufacturing simulation where they produced 19 computer laptop stands from PVC parts.  Each of the teachers will work with mentor(s) at one of the manufacturing plants for a 24-hour internship.  And lastly, as part of the program, teachers will create lesson plans to help students learn both the technical side of manufacturing and 'soft' skills required for a successful employee.
     
    The objective is to help students understand that good jobs are available in advanced manufacturing in Okmulgee and want to pursue a job at one of the plants here and stay local.  The Teachers' Manufacturing In-plant Experience 2017 will provide the opportunity for students to learn new skills so they can become successful employees and have careers in their home town.  Building a skilled workforce in Okmulgee will increase the opportunities for economic development and an improved economy.