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About Us

Our mission is to improve the manufacturing industry in Southeast Colorado. Our objective is to educate and inspire locals to explore careers in manufacturing.

We accomplish this by:

  • Engaging next-generation manufacturers — 6th through 12th graders — in innovative projects, educational training, special events and facility tours.
  • Educating teachers, parents, counselors and elected officials about the Colorado manufacturing industry.
  • Partnering with local manufacturers to spotlight successful careers, provide mentorship and support to job seekers, advertise jobs and internships, and offer facility tours.

Achievements So Far

  • Raised $50,000 to put physics in five school districts for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
  • Led local manufacturing tours for approximately 850 students per year since the 2014/2015 school year.
  • Received the Igniting the Fire Award from the Colorado Workforce Development Council for our efforts to boost Southeast Colorado’s manufacturing sector.
  • Received the Sunshine Award from the La Junta Chamber of Commerce for enhancing student engagement with businesses.

Next Up

  • Engage high-school-age students in an innovative manufacturing project that tests STEM skills as well as critical thinking skills.
  • Host a Manufacturing Day for Southeastern Colorado communities and schools.
  • Offer job seekers a mentorship program and a career board.

The items listed above are teasers to get you excited.

More ideas are in the works.

Check back frequently for our latest news and updates.

Get Involved

If you’re interested in joining our initiative, please contact us today.

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