TECHNOLOGY & MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATION 10 UNITED SCRAP DONATES $5K TO TRANSPORT TMA BENEXT STUDENTS W ho will make up the next all-important generation of American manufacturers? How can the industry attract more high school age students into considering making things as their eventual careers? In an effort to assist their members find skilled workers, the Technology & Manufacturing Association saw the need to provide skill training for member employees. Soon after, TMA began working with nearby school districts to offer lucrative alternatives to students not interested in attending college. TMA’s BeNext courses for high schoolers began in cooperation with a high school near the Schaumburg Illinois training center a few years ago, and has now grown into a program offering daytime training for four high schools this year. United Scrap Metal – an affiliate member of TMA – caught the BeNext program’s vision and reached out to assist. The company donated $5000 to subsidize one of the cooperating high school’s costs of transporting their students to and from TMA’s training center two days a week. On the first day of the 2019 program, United Scrap Metal’s President Brad Serlin, Vice President Jodi Keller and Regional Director of Sales Amy Arend stopped by to meet the students their company is assisting. “We are so excited to help with this program,” Jodi Keller told the BeNext students. “Anything we can do to help support ongoing growth and awareness of manufacturing is important.” Manufacturing is a stable industry, one that pays well and offers students like them exceptionally good benefits and skill development, she said. Colleague Amy Arend agreed. A third-generation manufacturer, Arend said her father and grandfather both worked in the industry. “This is an industry that I never thought I’d be in,” she said. “It’s definitely not the industry you’ll see posted on ‘The Maine Township School District students participating in the TMA BeNext program, sponsored by United Scrap Metal.