AWT Foundation Newsletter

Working together to promote rewarding manufacturing careers throughout Northeast Ohio. 

AWT JuniorBots Competition Live Stream

We are so excited about our AWT JuniorBots Middle School Combat Robotics Competition taking place on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 from 9am-3pm at Lost Nation Sports Park in Willoughby, OH. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, we will not be having a live audience. To view the competition, tune into our AWT JuniorBots Live Stream at on Saturday, May 22nd at 9:30am 

LAST Call to Sign up for our AWT Membership Mixer

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AWT Spirits Basket Raffle

Bummed that you cannot attend our AWT Membership Mixer, but would still like to support the AWT Foundation's mission? Enter the online "AWT Spirits Basket Raffle" by clicking on the button below. Tickets are $5 for 10 entries, $10 for 25 entries, $20 for 55 entries, and $50 for 150 entries.

Please note, if you are attending the AWT Membership Mixer, you can buy tickets at the mixer or online. You do not have to be present at the AWT Membership Mixer to win. 
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Ashtabula Summer Manufacturing Institute (SMI) Camps: Four Spots Left!

The Ashtabula SMI Camp has just four spots open for Food and Ag. Production Camp the week of July 26th-July 30th, 2021 at A-tech. You can register by clicking the registration button below. 

 The Ashtabula Summer Manufacturing Institute (SMI) is operated by the Alliance for Working Together Foundation in partnership with
A-Tech; Ashtabula County Commissioners; Ashtabula County Job & Family Services; OhioMeansJobs Ashtabula County; Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County; Gazette Newspapers/Great Lakes Printing; Grand Valley Schools; local Ashtabula County businesses; Country Neighbor; and the office of Congressman Dave Joyce.
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SMI Ashtabula County Flyer

Lake & Geauga Manufacturing Institute (SMI) Camps: Six Spots Left! 

The Lake & Geauga SMI Camp has just six spots open for our  Girls on the Go: Transportation Manufacturing Week (Girly only) camp the week of June 7th-June 11th, 2021. You can register using the button below. 

The Lake & Geauga Summer Manufacturing Institute (SMI) is operated by the Alliance for Working Together Foundation in partnership with
Auburn Career Center, OhioMeansJobs Geauga County, Swagelok, iSTEM Early College High School, and various local Geauga County and Lake County businesses. 
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SMI Lake & Geauga Flyer

AWT 11th Annual RoboBots Competition Recap

AWT hosted our 11th Annual AWT RoboBots Competition on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 at Fredon Corporation with 16 teams from twelve different high schools for a total of about 160 students. Congratulations to our winners: 

[Combat Winners]
•1st Place
Ashtabula County A-Tech
•2nd Place Beaumont School
•3rd Place Riverside Local Schools

[Best Interview]
•1st Place Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
•2nd Place Beaumont
•3rd Place
Madison High School Hades

[Best Documentation]
•1st Place Beaumont
•2nd Place Cuyahoga Christian Academy
•3rd Place Madison High School Athena

[Best Engineered]
•1st Place A-tech
•2nd Place Beaumont
•3rd Place Madison High School Athena

In case you missed the competition, check-out our AWT RoboBots Competition Live Stream, News 5 Coverage Video, & News Herald Article below. 
RoboBots Competition Live Stream
RoboBots News 5 Coverage
RoboBots News Herald Article

Are you interested in Upskilling your Employees? Check-out out AWT Apprenticeship Program Webinar

The cohort will start August 25th, 2021 and is a combination of online and in-person instruction. In-person instruction takes place at Auburn Career Center on Wednesdays from 3pm-5pm. Our community recognizes the need for skilled manufacturing workers and would like to strengthen our manufacturing workforce through apprenticeship training. The apprenticeship training is a total of 4 years long and at the end of the 4 years, apprentices will receive their Journeyman's certificate. 

The AWT apprenticeship offers a reliable pipeline of skilled workers, customized training that meets industry standards, and increased knowledge transfer through on-the-job learning. AWT offers four different apprenticeship occupations including precision machinist, tool programmer/numerical control, tool & die maker, and mold maker. The cost of enrollment for the AWT Apprenticeship program is $2,000 per employee per year and through Ohio's TechCred Program, employers who successfully submit their TechCred application will be reimbursed up to $2,000 per employee after each year of completion in their training. AWT Staff Members will even help your company navigate the TechCred application for training reimbursement. (Techcred will tentatively open again starting July 1st).

For more information or to enroll your employee in the AWT Apprenticeship today, contact Rachel Metcalf at

AWT College Vs. Career: Why Not Both? Webinar 

This webinar is for all high school seniors, juniors, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors. Many students and parents worry about college affordability, but there are many ways to obtain an affordable education while advancing one's career. Please feel free to share this webinar with your networks. 

Register for the AWT Golf Outing

Our AWT Golf Outing will be held on Monday, August 30th, 2021 from 10am-5pm at Kirtland Country Club. You can register or sponsor the AWT Golf Outing by using the registration link below. 

 Please note to double-check your AWT Membership package before you register, if you have an AWT Membership Package over $250 level, you are already registered for the AWT Golf Outing and our AWT Staff will reach out to ask for the names of your attendees. 

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Laketran announces Transit GO, a new transit benefits program for Lake County employers. In partnership with Lake County Commissioners, Alliance for Working Together and Fund for Economic Future, the new pilot program offers enrolled Lake County employers free Local Route bus transportation for any employee or recruit to provide reliable transportation to work or throughout the hiring process.  

For more information, contact Julia Schick at or (440) 350-1012.

Transit GO Flyer

AWT Annual Meeting with Lt. Governor Husted as Keynote Speaker Recording

Thank you to everyone who attended our AWT Annual Meeting. A special Thank you to  all of our special guests and our Keynote speaker Lt. Gov. Husted. In case you missed the meeting check out the video above! Thank you to The News Herald for this great article on our AWT Annual Meeting! Check out the article here: AWT Annual Meeting
AWT Annual Meeting Press Release

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