Highlights TV Show Features Explore The New Manufacturing


Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications, and Jim Strawn & Company.

The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.

The show airing April 19, 2021 – April 26, 2021 features Explore WV – The New Manufacturing.


We interviewed Monica Cross, Program Director, Explore the New Manufacturing which is the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund, Inc.

Monica talked about the program, Explore WV. Explore the New Manufacturing is a multi-dimensional undertaking of hope, promise, community, and a pledge to be intentional in providing routes for young West Virginians to remain in the state through pathways leading to careers in manufacturing.

They have 8 various partnerships across the state of WV with high schools, vocational schools and manufacturers.

Through high level programming, the Explore Program provides a myriad of opportunities for students and manufacturers to discuss and share commonalities. Moving forward the program will expand its programing mission to meet the needs of students from middle school through high school and post-secondary training.

For more information or questions, contact Explore at 304-612-4912.

We also talked with Kim Mack, President & CEO of Cyclops Industries, Inc., who enjoys the partnership her manufacturing company in South Charleston, WV has with Explore.

Cyclops Industries, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of safety sight glasses, viewport assemblies, sight flow indicators, spray rings, sight lights and sight glass replacements for observing processes in industrial pressure vessels and pipelines. They ship their products to all pockets of the globe.

Click here to view video of Cyclops involvement with Explore WV.

To learn more call them at 800-292-9011.

We also interviewed Bruce Hamrick, Instructor Integrated Production Technology at Carver Vocational School in Kanawha County, WV.

He discussed a real-life manufacturing project 6 of his students are working on through the Explore Program in conjunction with the NGK Sparkplug Plant is Sissonville, WV.

He talked about the project-based learning and simulated workplace experience the students are receiving.


We met the students involved in the project: Jacob Ball, Riverside HS, Kyla Jolliffe, George Washington HS, Gavin Myers, Herbert Hoover HS, Matthew Shannon, Riverside HS, Ryan Stilgenbauer, Herbert Hoover HS, and Noah Townsend, George Washington HS.

If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.


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