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Middle school students learn about manufacturing world

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. - What's so cool about manufacturing?

The Manufacturers Resource Center in Allentown is hoping to answer that question with its 'What's So Cool about Manufacturing?' program.

Sixty-five middle schools throughout the area are partnered with 65 manufacturing companies. The students then make a short film about their experience, which is voted on for awards.

The hope is to get students interested in manufacturing careers.

Manufacturing makes up 18% of the GDP in Lehigh Valley, yet it's getting harder and harder for companies to find employees.

"There was a perception that manufacturing is dirty unsafe you know risky to get into," said Rich Hobbs, MRC's president and CEO.

And the hope is to change that perception.  

"There's a much different environment than many people think," Hobbs said.

Voting for the Lehigh Valley contest runs Wednesday through 11:59 p.m. on Friday.

Awards will be presented on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 p.m.. Watch the ceremony on WFMZ-TV.

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