Additional Workforce Programs


Engage with local high school students in an educational robotics competition that provides a unique, hands-on experience that allows them to discover the career possibilities in the manufacturing sector.

NFPA Fluid Power Challenge

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) Fluid Power Challenge is a competition that encourages middle school students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. The competition is designed to educate and allow the kids to demonstrate their skills using hands on experience.

Manufacturer Presentation

The Explore The New Manufacturing program: Manufacturer Presentation was created to increase awareness of careers in the manufacturing industry available to southwestern PA’s emerging workforce. Manufacturing leaders speak directly with students and provide exploration resources about career opportunities in all aspects of the industrial sector. Catalyst Connection has gathered the information and created the tools to make it easy for manufacturers to present a consistent message. Young people will learn about the wide range of careers that exist in the manufacturing industry, and the various levels of education, skills certification, experience, and the job outlook – the estimated number of potential job openings for a particular career.

Key Manufacturing Statistics

  • Southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturing remains strong with more than 100,000 workers.
  • The average manufacturing salary in southwestern Pennsylvania is $59,683 which is 20% higher than the regional average.
  • More than half of the high demand manufacturing jobs do not require a 4-year degree but do require advanced training.
  • The manufacturing sector is more productive than any industry sector and still the largest contributor to the state’s GDP.

Contact us for additional information to support the Manufacturer Presentation program or other education programs sponsored by Catalyst Connection.

Plant Tours

Invite a group of young people to see your operations at your facility. Catalyst Connection can help you coordinate a tour with a local high school, technical school or other group of young people.

A plant tour does require some planning. It is important to think about any safety hazards, sensitive information, and operational impact that may need to be avoided in order to have a successful tour. Host companies also want to think how to present the facility in the best possible perspective. Materials, trinkets, snacks and other items that could be provided to visitors may be a good idea but there are also issues that need to be considered.

Catalyst Connection has worked with many manufacturers to organize a plant tour. We would be able to assist host companies to have a successful event.

Contact us for additional information to support plant tours or other education programs sponsored by Catalyst Connection.