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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.

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 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.”

Interview with Science Fair Most Creative Award Winner, Sophia Li, 16

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Local, Industry, Education, Engineering, Robotics, Community
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This is our third, and final, interview with one of the Most Creative Award winners from the recent Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair (CCCSEF). As part of Bishop-Wisecarver’s ongoing support of STEM education, we recently helped sponsor the Most Creative Award category given to both age levels in the competition.

Interview with Science Fair Most Creative Award Winner, Anish Singhani, 13

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, Reflection, Local, Industry, Education, Engineering, Community
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This is our second interview with one of the Most Creative Award winners from the recent Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair (CCCSEF). As part of Bishop-Wisecarver’s ongoing support of STEM education, we recently helped sponsor the Most Creative Award category given to both age levels in the competition.

Interview with Science Fair Most Creative Award Winner, Thomas Chow, 15

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, Reflection, Local, Industry, Education, Engineering, Community
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If your visions of science fair projects include paper mache volcanoes with some colored liquid dribbling out the top, it is time to get a 21st century view. As part of Bishop-Wisecarver’s ongoing support of STEM education, we recently helped sponsor the Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair (CCCSEF). More than 200 students showcased 145 projects at the 11th annual event held at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif. BWG was a business sponsor for the Most Creative Award category given to both age levels in the competition.

East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (EBAMP)

By Kelly Walden, Manufacturing Director in Reflection, Local, Industry, Engineering, Manufacturing, Automation, Linear Motion
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When I mention that I work in the manufacturing industry, many people are genuinely surprised. They don’t realize manufacturing is still an incredibly large and growing – yes, growing – industry that is desperately trying to find enough workers to fill current and projected openings and the wages and benefits are usually higher than average.

Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP)

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, Reflection, Local, Industry, Education, Engineering, Robotics, Internship, Manufacturing, Community
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“What are your plans after graduation?” It’s a question heard often this time of year as high school students are finishing tests, signing yearbooks and making plans for the next chapter in their lives. Do they choose college, tech school, career or travel? Do they have enough information to help make such choices?
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