With ARC support, technology teachers at Pioneer Central School District in Yorkshire, New York, created two new courses at Pioneer High School in Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) and Advanced Manufacturing to create a pathway for girls toward college/career readiness and employment specifically in high demand fields like manufacturing, welding, tool and die making, engineering and other skilled careers. The teachers and officials from Pioneer developed partnerships with local manufacturing businesses, industry, neighboring community colleges and four-year technical schools to build the program. At launch, class enrollment exceeded projections.
This effort was part of Dream It Do It Western New York’s (DIDIWNY) mission is to increase the skilled workforce pipeline entering manufacturing careers. DIDIWNY is the catalyst organization of the Dream It Do It manufacturing career initiative with a vision to provide Allegany County, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara manufacturers with a labor force that has the skill and training levels required to meet their demands.