Ft. Mitchell, Ky. – Dream It Do It OKI and I Made It in NKY seeks to shape the image of manufacturing in the eyes of students, parents, educators and the general public, so that manufacturers can attract the talent they need to grow by facilitating the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest.

Voting for the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Video Contest

Vote at www.dreamitdoitoki.com March 6 – March 8, 2017

Awards Ceremony for the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Video Contest

Students will receive certificates of recognition from the office of Kentucky Governor

Matt Bevin and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

When: Thursday March 9, 6:00PM – 7:30PM; Program begins promptly at 6:00PM

Where: Northern Kentucky University Student Union Ballroom

Dream It Do It’s, “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Video Contest is a program designed by employers and educators to help improve the image of manufacturing as a career choice with the objective of recruiting more young people to career and technical educational schools that feed talent to the manufacturing industry.

Teams of middle school students, led by teacher coaches, are provided with video equipment and instructional materials and matched with local manufacturers. Each team had four months to create a short video profile of partner companies, and the career opportunities they offer to answer the question, “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing.” The entries will be judged by an expert panel and public vote—American Idol style hosted on the Dream It Do It OKI Website.  Award categories include Outstanding Program, Outstanding Editing, Outstanding Creativity, Outstanding Cool, Outstanding Team Spirit, Outstanding Educational Value, Outstanding Videography and the highly coveted Viewer’s Choice Award.

The 2017 project includes ten teams from Ohio and eight from Northern Kentucky. The following middle school teams and their partner manufacturers submitted videos for the 2017 contest:


  • CCPA and Meyer Tool
  • Garfield Middle School and Thyssenkrupp Bilstein
  • Georgetown Middle School and Stanley Black and Decker
  • Hughes High School and Richards Industries
  • Middletown Middle School and PAC Worldwide
  • Mt. Orab Middle School and Mt Orab Milacron
  • Pleasant Run Middle School and StandardAero
  • Shroder High School and Festo
  • Wilson Middle School and Cincinnati Sub Zero
  • Woodward High School and Jet Machine
  • Gray Middle School and Bosch
  • Mason County Middle School  and Mitsubishi Electric
  • Homles Middle School and Mubea
  • RA Jones Middle School and Mazak
  • Grant County Middle School and L’oreal
  • Tischner Middle School and ATech
  • Sharp Middle School and Safran
  • Ludlow Middle School and Hahn Automation

This project is sponsored by JP Morgan Chase and United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Strategic partners include TechSolve, Northern Kentucky University, Kentucky Fame and WCET Connect, Cincinnati’s Public Broadcast Station.

To learn more, please visit www.dreamitdoitoki.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, You Tube and Instagram.


Debby Combs

(859) 512-9169


About Dream It Do It OKI

Dream It Do It OKI sponsored by Partners for a Competitive Workforce and TechSolve, is a national platform being used locally to change the perception of manufacturing and inspire the next generation of workers to pursue manufacturing careers. Since 2013, DIDI OKI engaged more than 3000 students, 300 educators and over 300 manufacturers. More than 16,000 individuals visited the dreamitdoitoki website as well.

About I Made It In NKY

The Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development Coalition sponsors the I Made It In NKY campaign to promote careers in the field of advanced manufacturing. Fresh with the faces of millennials who work right now in Northern Kentucky companies, the new campaign resonates with individuals’ pride in their chosen careers. The campaign’s anthem is “I made it in NKy.” The campaign calls people to learn more at www.IMadeItNKY.com.