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November 21, 2023 | Tom Ballard

“Dream It. Do It.” all about the workforce of the future

Two school systems, a Chamber, the managing contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex, and Junior Achievement of East TN emphasize manufacturing as a career.

The Anderson County Chamber, Anderson County and Campbell County schools, and Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC (CNS) recently kicked off the annual “Dream it. Do it.” competition at Junior Achievement of East Tennessee.

The competition pairs area industries with middle schools to enable students to learn more about careers in manufacturing. CNS, the managing and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, has helped facilitate and sponsor the competition for nine years.

“We’ve expanded the program this year to include Campbell County Schools,” said Kristin Waldschlager, Education Outreach Specialist for Y-12. “We have also added two new industry partners, GEON and Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. We’re looking forward to seeing the results of these new collaborations.”

CNS sponsors “Dream it. Do it.” as one of multiple efforts to help develop the future workforce and make them aware of local opportunities, including the potential to work at Y-12 and contribute to the site’s mission, which helps ensure the security of our nation and its allies.

At the recent kickoff, the following industry-school pairs were announced:

  • Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee and LaFollette Middle School;
  • Eagle Bend Manufacturing and Jacksboro Middle School;
  • Clayton Homes of Appalachia and Norris Middle School;
  • GEON and Norwood Middle School;
  • Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge and Jefferson Middle School;
  • Protomet Corporation and Clinton Middle School;
  • SL TN and Robertsville and Jellico Middle Schools; and
  • Techmer PM and Lake City Middle School.

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