State Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) recently attended the Alliance for Working Together (AWT) RoboBots Competition that is an educational and workforce initiative for high school students.
“It was fantastic to see the amount of innovation right here in our communities from these young men and women,” said Grendell. “I’m proud to have recently supported an investment into AWT to advance STEM and this program for the surrounding region.
“As a nation, we are only as strong as our manufacturing capabilities and capacity,” added Grendell. “First, there was the agricultural era, then the industrial era, and now, we are in the technology era. It is imperative, if we are to stay strong as a nation, that we keep our manufacturing capabilities the strongest in the world.”
Grendell notes the recent allocation to AWT within House Bill 110, the state operating budget bill. Specifically, the appropriation totaled $160,000 for STEM Initiative Funding to middle school students in Geauga and Portage County, affiliated with AWT.
Most recently, House Bill 110 now heads to the Senate for further action.
AWT is known for promoting rewarding careers in manufacturing as their core mission as an organization. The AWT consortium now includes over 300 members of manufacturing companies that are engaged to work toward the sustainability of manufacturing within the community.
“This is such a great program that works with our rising stars in these areas to promote STEM careers, which are viable career paths with good-paying wages that will help with the future of our workforce and economic development,” said Grendell.