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Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Announces 2019 Manufacturing Camp Grant Recipients

ELGIN, Ill.— Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT), the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), announces that 131 programs across the U.S. will receive grant funding and support to hold manufacturing camps in summer 2019.

NBT will award a total of $259,500 in funding grants, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, along with support materials to community colleges and technical high schools offering summer day camp experiences. Camps introduce young people, ages 12 to 16, to careers in manufacturing and engineering. NBT also provides each camp with entrepreneurship curriculum guides, customized T-shirts, marketing help, and other materials. In addition, each camper receives a free license to SolidWorks® CAD/CAM software.   

Major sponsors of the NBT camps program are the CNA Foundation, SolidWorks Corporation, and Miller Electric.

The 2019 NBT manufacturing camp grant recipients are (listed by state):


  • Auburn High School*, Auburn, Ala.
  • Calhoun Community College, Tanner, Ala.
  • Chambers County Schools, LaFayette, Ala.
  • Hartselle City Schools, Hartselle, Ala.
  • Limestone County Career Technical Center, Athens, Ala.
  • Marshall County Schools, Guntersville, Ala.
  • Northeast Alabama Community College*, Rainsville, Ala.* 


  • Arkansas State University Newport — Jonesboro Campus, Jonesboro, Ark.
  • East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City, Ark.
  • Fort Smith Public Schools, Fort Smith, Ark.
  • National Park College, Hot Springs, Ark.
  • University of Arkansas — Fort Smith, Fort Smith, Ark.
  • University of Arkansas College of Technology — Crossett, Crossett, Ark.
  • University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, Morrilton, Ark.


  • College of the Canyons*, Santa Clarita, Calif.
  • Long Beach City College*, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Willie's Woodshop, Galt, Calif. 


  • Fort Myers Technical College, Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Fla.**
  • Lake-Sumter State College, Leesburg, Fla.**
  • Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Fla.


  • Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Waverly- Shell Rock High School*, Waverly, Iowa 


  • Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Ill.
  • College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
  • District 214 Community Education & Wheeling High School, Arlington Heights, Ill.**
  • Elgin Community College* Foundation, Elgin, Ill.**
  • Harper College*, Palatine, Ill.**
  • John Wood Community College, Quincy, Ill.
  • Manufacturing Next at Symbol Training Institute, Skokie, Ill.
  • McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Ill.
  • Richard J. Daley College, Chicago, Ill.
  • Ridgewood High School, Norridge, Ill.
  • Southwestern Illinois College, Granite City, Ill.
  • Triton College*, River Grove, Ill.**


  • Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City, La.
  • Northwest Louisiana Technical College — Mansfield Campus, Mansfield, La.


  • Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, South Easton, Mass.


  • Bay College, Iron Mountain, Mich.
  • Delta Schoolcraft ISD, Escanaba, Mich. 


  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College, St. Cloud, Minn.


  • Crowder College, Neosho, Mo.
  • Ranken Technical College, St. Louis, Mo.**


  • FABLAB Jackson County, Vancleave, Miss.**
  • Greenville Technical Center, Greenville, Miss.
  • Itawamba Community College, Belden, Miss.**
  • Pearl River Community College, Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • Team Fusion at Gulfport High School, Gulfport, Miss.

North Carolina

  • McDowell County Schools CTE, Marion, N.C.
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, N.C.

North Dakota

  • Bismarck State College*, Bismarck, N.D. 

New Hampshire

  • Manchester Community College*, Manchester, N.H.**

New York

  • Tech Valley High School, Albany, N.Y.**
  • Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Center, Port Ewen, N.Y.**


  • Butler Tech, Hamilton, Ohio
  • Clark State Community College, Springfield, Ohio
  • Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Northwest State Community College, Archbold, Ohio
  • Summer Manufacturing Institute at Auburn Career Center, Concord Township, Ohio
  • Trumbull Career and Technical Center, Warren, Ohio**
  • Zane State College — Cambridge Campus, Cambridge, Ohio


  • Francis Tuttle Technology Center at Cashion Middle School, Cashion, Okla.
  • Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee, Okla.**


  • Blue Mountain Community College, Boardman, Ore.


  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.

South Carolina

  • Lexington Technology Center — Work-Based Learning, Lexington, S.C.

South Dakota

  • Career & Technical Education Academy, Sioux Falls, S.D. 


  • Southwest Schools, Houston, Texas** 


  • Bridgerland Technical College, Logan, Utah
  • Weber State University Center for Technology Outreach, Ogden, Utah 


  • Southside Virginia Community College, South Hill, Va.**
  • Vector Space, Lynchburg, Va.


  • Green Bay Preble High School, Green Bay, Wis.
  • Lakeshore Technical College*, Cleveland, Wis.
  • Madison Area Technical College — Fort Atkinson Campus*, Fort Atkinson, Wis.**
  • Madison Area Technical College — Portage Campus, Portage, Wis.**
  • Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Moraine Park Technical College*, West Bend, Wis.
  • Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, Wis.
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College*, Green Bay, Wis.

West Virginia

  • BridgeValley Community & Technical College*, South Charleston, W. Va.
  • Marshall University Research Corporation on behalf of the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), Huntington, W. Va.**
  • Pierpont Community and Technical College, Fairmont, W. Va.

*FMA  Certified Education Center  members

**Indicates this school is holding multiple camps  

The camps target middle and high school-aged youth, introducing them to practical applications of math, science, and engineering principles. The camps afford students the opportunities to tour local manufacturing companies, work directly with technology, and design and manufacture a product they can take home. SolidWorks Corporation supports NBT camps with a generous donation of 365-day licenses of their CAD/CAM student edition design software.

“Finding highly skilled and motivated professionals continues to be a challenge in the manufacturing industry,” said Mike Cattelino, NBT Board Chair and Instructor at Fox Valley Technical College. “It is NBT’s mission to support individuals in discovering their interest in manufacturing. Summer manufacturing camps expose and engage the future workforce in ways that ignite their passion for ‘making stuff.’ Having hosted camps, I have seen the effect that these experiences have had on young adults and their families. There are so many ‘ah-ha moments’ that the camp participants experience when they recognize how products that they rely on every day are manufactured. The NBT camps and campers’ experiences continue to have a positive impact on technical education programs, build a foundation for a qualified workforce, and ensure that American manufacturing will remain strong for future generations.”

Edward Youdell, president and CEO of FMA and NBT added, “the manufacturing skilled labor shortage won’t solve itself. These camps provide youth with exposure to vocational and technical trades that no longer is available in most public education systems. For most of the young people who attend these camps, it is their first introduction to how things are made and what skills are required for entry into the world of manufacturing. They often discover that the training they will need to get started is readily available in their local community at the very school where they are attending camp. 

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs also issues scholarships to students attending community colleges, technical colleges and trade schools to pursue training leading to careers in manufacturing. More information is available by

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