Beloit Memorial High School Students to Attend International Manufacturing Technology

Beloit, WI, September 2022 – A group of Beloit Memorial Students will be attending this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL which takes place from September 12 – 17.

IMTS is the largest and longest-running industry trade show in the Western Hemisphere where the creators, the builders, the sellers, and the drivers of manufacturing technology come to connect and be inspired. Industry professionals from around the globe will visit IMTS to discover the latest innovations in digital and traditional manufacturing, experience more than 15,000 new machining technologies, and find processes that will help solve their manufacturing challenges and improve efficiency.

The students will attend the Smartforce Student Summit on Wednesday, September 14 where they will experience interactive exhibits from leading industry manufacturers who will demonstrate breakthrough smart, digital manufacturing technologies (Industry 4.0): additive manufacturing, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), automation and robotics, digital twin, generative design, and more. This year, teachers have a chance to win an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.

“We are so excited to have our students attend and participate in IMTS,” said Deb Prowse, Academy Coach at Beloit Memorial High School. “This is a place where students can learn and network with manufacturing industry leaders from around the world. We believe strongly in offering our students real-life, real-world experiences to broaden their view of their future job and career opportunities in manufacturing.”

This opportunity for the students was made possible by Frances Brunelle, President of Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc., and Meaghan Ziemba, Host of Mavens of Manufacturing.

Brunelle sponsored the transportation for the students and Ziemba helped coordinate the opportunity with Debra Prowse, Career Academy Coach at Beloit Memorial.

“It is in the best interest of our nation to have a strong manufacturing sector. To ensure that in the long term, we must attract youth into the manufacturing sectors. IMTS is a great way to do exactly that. Every manufacturer should be sponsoring a group to attend IMTS. You can’t complain about the skills gap if you do nothing to solve it,” says Brunelle.

“For those of us in the sector, we need to do a better job advocating for the career opportunities that exist within engineering and manufacturing,” says Ziemba. “IMTS is the perfect place for these students to experience what modern manufacturing looks like and connect with potential mentors and future employers.”

About Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc.

Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers specialize in lower middle-market mergers and acquisitions within the manufacturing sectors. They help manufacturers get to the next phase of life, whether that is retirement or getting to the next level of growth. Recently Fran was named to 2020 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions). Fran is also the host of the WAM (Women and Manufacturing) podcast, a Jacket Media production.

About Mavens of Manufacturing

Mavens of Manufacturing is a video broadcast series that celebrates women in manufacturing. From the shop floor to the c-suite, viewers will hear their stories, which are essential to inspiring the next generation workforce to pursue STEM career pathways.

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