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National Mentoring Month Lasts All Year at Bishop-Wisecarver

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, Reflection, Women in Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Community
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January is National Mentoring Month – a great way to promote the benefits and needs of mentoring in our country. If you have read through even a few of the Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) blog posts, it is easy to see we place a company-wide focus on mentoring, especially in STEAM-related activities for students. It’s a commitment of time, money and effort embraced by the leadership and employees to help students learn about STEAM-related opportunities, feel encouraged to pursue careers in these areas, and help build confidence that they already have connections willing to support their efforts.

Manufacturing Day Emphasizes Regional Strength and Industry Opportunities

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, Reflection, Local, Industry, Education, Robotics, Manufacturing Day, Manufacturing, Community
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Our final in a blog series about Manufacturing Day 2016 features a Q&A with Mark Orcutt, Communications and Outreach Manager of the East Bay Leadership Council (EBLC), who participated in one of the Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) tours. Mark emphasizes that “more than one third of all jobs in the California Bay Area are with businesses who either make or move goods” – and that means manufacturing.

That also means a large number of employment opportunities! Hosting Manufacturing Day is one way BWG works with groups like EBLC to help educate the community on the great career options available locally.

It’s a High Tech, High Pay, High Demand Industry – Statistics from the National Association of Manufacturers Got Real During Manufacturing Day 2016

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Industry, Manufacturing Day, Manufacturing
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“The most important thing we can do is show young people, teachers and parents what modern manufacturing looks like and introduce them to those working in manufacturing to show the wide range of career paths.”
Todd Boppell, Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Manufacturers

This quote summarizes the importance of events like Manufacturing Day and their potential for long-lasting impact. Bishop-Wisecarver hosted two Manufacturing Day events late last year and wanted to share comments from a Q&A we had with Todd Boppell, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Employee Spotlight: Mary Petrie, Associate Product Manager

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Local, Industry, Women in Manufacturing, Education, Community
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In today’s mobile society, young professionals often move away from home to attend college and then take jobs anywhere around the world. But Bishop-Wisecarver Group’s newest hire is a true local who is glad to work in her hometown - the same community this company has been supporting for more than 65 years. Today we interview Mary Petrie who has just started her second month as the company’s first Associate Product Manager.

STEM, Robots, Pirates and Tigers: Another Awesome Manufacturing Day

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Local, Engineering, Robotics, Manufacturing Day, Internship, Manufacturing, Community
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With a corporate-wide emphasis on supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education efforts, Bishop-Wisecarver Group is active in numerous student-based events both locally and nationally. This past month, we had the unique opportunity of combining some of these efforts and groups in the same place! Discussions of STEM, robots, pirates and tigers were mentioned throughout the day and it wasn’t because Halloween was coming. When BWG opened its doors for the national Manufacturing Day event this year, we welcomed two groups of FIRST robotics teams to our plant. BWG has sponsored both of these teams in their incredible work with the FIRST program and now had the opportunity to enhance their learning in the world of manufacturing.

Busted: Debunking the Myths of Manufacturing

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Reflection, Local, Education, Robotics, Manufacturing Day, Internship, Manufacturing, Community
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This year, BWG actually had two Manufacturing Days as there were so many people wanting to attend the tours. We hosted groups on October 7 and October 29 and visitors included high school students from the East Bay and Silicon Valley, national and local manufacturing group officers, elected officials and community members. Sessions included a plant tour, 3D printer demonstration and a panel discussion which included a Q&A with employees.

Job Interview Success

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Reflection, Local, Education, Internship, Manufacturing, Community
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Remember your first job interview? Did that memory just make you cringe and groan? Did you know how to answer the questions, look professional and think quickly all while not showing sweat? The Pittsburg, California Chamber of Commerce and Pittsburg High School understand the challenges of first interviews and want students to look back on this time as a key to their success. One that includes smiles - not groans.

Making Dreams and Inventions a Reality at Maker Faire Bay Area

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Reflection, Local, Industry, Engineering, Robotics, Community
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More than 150,000 people, from babies to seniors, recently attended the 11th annual Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo and Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) joined as an exhibitor for the first time. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Q&A with FRC Team 5430 – Pirate Robolution Crew, Team Lead Katelyn Dayco

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Local, Education, Robotics, Internship, Community
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“We work together and are placed in roles where we each discover new skills of leadership and group collaboration…”

Q&A with FRC Team 692 – The Fembots, Team Captain Allison Oliveros

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Reflection, Local, Industry, Women in Manufacturing, Engineering, Robotics, Community
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“The FIRST program provides teenagers who are 1-4 years away from adulthood with a highly interactive and influential program that could pave the way to potential and stable career options.”
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