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Ready for

July 8-29, 2024

We help students experience the trades.

You have choices when it comes to careers. 

Come experience manufacturing first-hand.

The Institute lets you learn about the industry and skills you need to succeed. 


Choose the program that's right for you...

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Trades Week

1-Week Program for Grades 8-10 (Age 12-15)

July 15-19, 2024

North Idaho College - Parker Technical Center (Rathdrum, Idaho)

Applications Open


We will continue to accept a few more applications for our waiting list in case of cancellations. Waiting list will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.


  • Specifically for Middle- and early High School Students

  • You'll learn to use hand tools, power tools, and building skills.

  • Participants learn manufacturing essentials, pre-engineering, and trades.

  • Hands-on, fun, interactive learning environment.

  • Learn it. Make it. Do it. 


Production & Manufacturing Institute

3-Week Program for High School Juniors & Seniors

July 8-26, 2024

East Valley HS (Spokane Valley) | Newport HS (Newport)

Applications are closed for this year.


Look At Our Program Guide!

Check out our booklet - "Experience Manufacturing." It outlines the Institute, its background, the program's impact, and how we plan to grow. This 28-page guide shares more details about where we've been and where we're going to help better prepare high school graduates for their future. 


What do we do at the Institute? It's a shorter answer if we list what we don't do when it comes to Manufacturing. Here are just a few of the things we explore through the program...

  • Product Design

  • Intro to Prototyping & Modeling

  • Team-Based Approach

  • Intro to Manufacturing Processes

  • Production Planning & Demand

  • Marketing & Sales

  • Intro to Welding 

  • Introduction to Machining Careers

  • Elements of Production Operations

  • Quality & Customer Expectations

  • Hands-On Equipment, Tools, Machines

  • Full Production Environment

  • Field Trips to Local Manufacturers

  • Access to Special Scholarship from Spokane Valley Chamber Foundation for Eligible Participants


Want to Donate?

We Appreciate Your Support

The Institute operates by donations. Our goal is to create enough support to go beyond the summer programs and provide year-round opportunities. We envision micro-academies, middle school programs, and other youth workforce development efforts. 

Non-profit donations are made through the Spokane Workforce Council. This helps us direct your contributions directly to the program. 

If you're an individual, you can follow this link:

Donation Link

Company donations can be made through direct arrangements. Please email us for additional information or read more on the Sponsorship page.  Thanks for your support!

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Sponsors make a difference and allow us to keep the program going.
Thanks to our Gold/Diamond Sponsors
Thanks to our Silver Sponsors

The Krumble Foundation

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Max Spalding

Thanks to our Bronze Sponsors

Meet Bryce

Bryce was part of our first Institute. He recently graduated from SCC's welding program and was just hired. The Institute created his interest in welding and started him off in a new career!  Watch Bryce share his story by clicking on the video.

Greater Together

Check out our promo video in collaboration with Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI). This is a quick overview of what we do. 


Manufacturing is an important part of the economy. There are many career tracks in production, engineering, business, leadership, support, technical, and other areas. 

Here are some reasons to consider manufacturing:

  1. Job stability: Manufacturing has a steady demand for goods and services. As long as people continue to buy things, manufacturing jobs will always be in demand.

  2. Good wages and benefits: Manufacturing offers good pay, health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. Companies provide training and promotions.

  3. Diverse job opportunities: Manufacturing offers many opportunities, from engineers and technicians to assemblers and machine operators. There are many opportunities for different levels of education and skill.

  4. Innovation: Manufacturing constantly evolves, with new technologies developed that improve efficiency and quality. It's an exciting and innovative field.

Manufacturing Matters!

Consider a career where you can make a difference. The Production and Manufacturing Institute allows you to explore the industry first-hand.

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Join the Movement

Want to be a part of this movement to get kids interested in the trades?
We know youth rise to our expectations and the support we give. Join us in giving them opportunities to succeed.
Contact us today!

Production & Manufacturing Institute

Career Explore ● Prepare ● Launch


Manufacturing Pathways

Production ● Engineering ● Trades ● Construction 



The 2024 Institute is partially funded by Career Connect Washington's Program Builder program grant. This allows us to work "behind the scenes" to expand the program to more locations, schools, and students. We aim to create a "franchise model" that can be used anywhere in any industry. We have been making different adjustments to our already successful program to expand it and make it even better. 

Special thanks to our East Valley School District partners, who help us manage the grant and try out new approaches. We have used EVSD as the program's "headquarters" each year. Their willingness to innovate has created the foundational approach to our success. 

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Stevens Amendment Funding Disclosure Requirement 

The Production & Manufacturing Institute receives support and funding from a U.S. Department of Labor and Career Connect Washington Program Builder (Round 10) grants. Approximately $124,500 is financed by federal allocations during 2023-24 program years, with additional program, materials, and overhead funding received from private contributions. Read more about USDOL grant funding at

The Career Connect Washington Program Builder Grant is funded through a USDOL Grant. To learn more about funding, follow this QR code.

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