Classroom creativity, mobile STEM labs, and information technology: it’s a great combination. And manufacturing firms in Nebraska are at the forefront. The Nebraska Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI), now in its third year, connects young Nebraskans to careers in the manufacturing and technology sectors. Three businesses recently received DYTI grants to launch their programs.
- Cyclonaire’s is partnering with York Public Schools in York, Nebraska to focus on manufacturing design concepts and marketing to support school activities. Cyclonaire’s makes state-of-the-art pneumatic conveying systems, components and accessories.
- Aulick Industries, in Scottsbluff, is working with Bluffs Middle School to immerse students in information technologies and manufacturing career opportunities, both in and outside of the classroom. Aulick Industries manufactures transportation products supporting bulk agriculture, landscaping, and construction industries.
- Becton Dickinson of Broken Bow is partnering with Custer Public Power District (Custer PPD) and others to develop a portable STEM trailer which offers students from seven north central Nebraska counties to careers to explore manufacturing technologies and sciences. Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) partnered with Custer PPD to develop the STEM lab, which is similar in design to one NPPD produced. Becton Dickinson is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents
“Forward-thinking business leaders and communities across our state understand that early educational opportunities are the keys to building a competitive, 21st century workforce in the IT and manufacturing industries,” said Governor Ricketts.
Scottsbluff and York are both served directly at retail by Nebraska Public Power District, while Custer PPD buys power from NPPD as a wholesale utility.