The Grow Manufacturing Initiative is dedicated to inspiring STEM education and engineering pathways for Northern California students.
Our goal is to connect middle and high school students with valuable, real-world experiences in and outside the classroom. This is accomplished through a mix of classroom presentations, events, job shadowing opportunities, and manufacturing plant tours.
GMI organizes and attends a multitude of school events around the North State. These include our own annual Grow Manufacturing Expo in November, various job fairs, mini Maker Fairs, and presentations. Out-of-class learning is important in getting students immersed in the possibilities.
Manufacturing facilities are often eager to meet and educate students as possible future employees of their company. GMI coordinates in-depth tours of many of our member plants. These facility tours provide valuable exposure to the job floor and is second only to real-world experience from the job itself!
Job shadowing is where students gain valuable real-world experience. The Grow Manufacturing Initiative is works with its members and educators to create short-term internships providing students an edge in their STEM education. Opportunities like these often accelerate a person’s advancement in the engineering field.
Field trips from classroom to manufacturing plant aren’t always practical. Why not reverse the experience?
GMI works with our partners to create solutions that work for all involved. We work with educators to bring local engineers, technicians and machine operators direct to the classroom. These presenters engage with students, give advice, and share their experiences in a real-world engineering career.
GMI sponsors scholarships, mentorships and site visits to help develop the next generation of innovators and manufacturers.