1. Matthew Fieldman
  2. VP, External Affairs
  4. MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network
  1. Autumn Russell
  2. http://www.linkedin.com/in/autumn-r-russell-m-ed-3ba85314
  3. Executive Director
  5. MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network

MAGNET's Early College, Early Career Program

NSF Awards: 1763558

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

Through adapting the best of European-style manufacturing apprenticeships to the American educational system,  MAGNET is teaching roughly 80 students across seven Northeast Ohio high schools valuable STEM knowledge; work skills through a two-year paid internship; and soft skills like communication, teamwork, and financial acumen to ensure they have long, successful careers in any field. A recipient of an NSF ITEST grant, ECEC is currently launching research to understand the impact of this unique approach to STEM education.

MAGNET's ECEC program is the first manufacturing pre-apprenticeship of its kind in the country to weave together eight critical elements into one seamless high school-to-career pathway, then implement it at scale across three counties and nine employers. Those elements are: employer driven, with the goal of a job offer for participating students; career awareness in 9th and 10th grades; earn-and-learn paid apprenticeships during the school day in 11th and 12th grade; college credit and manufacturing certifications, also in 11th and 12th grade; parent and educator engagement; a debt-reduced path to college through employer tuition reimbursement programs; extracurricular support, such as mentorship, transportation, and social services; and creating a scalable, replicable, and sustainable model that can work anywhere in the country in a break-even way.

The goal of ECEC is simple: create career pathways for ECEC graduates to work full time in living-wage careers, attend two- or four-year college, or some combination that allows the student to earn a salary in the short-term while educating themselves for career advancement.

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