Nick McWilliams reporting – Area students will get a chance to immerse themselves in the world of manufacturing in July.

The Tuscarawas County Dale Lauren Foland Manufacturing Camp, named after the founder of Lauren International, features multiple businesses that help host incoming seventh and eighth graders from Tuscarawas County.

In the hopes of getting younger generations involved, Chief Operating Officer Mike Hovan says that the camp can give adolescents a better viewpoint of the vital industry in the area.

“The intention is to give them a little exposure to manufacturing in Tuscarawas County. Unfortunately, most kids, especially that age, have the impression of manufacturing that they get off of video and movies and whatever else. That it’s dirty and dingy and hard work. Work that they would not normally want to be a part of.”

The campers will receive breakfast before rotating through four classes.

Hovan says that students will learn about leadership, safety, manufacturing, and quality, through interactive lessons.

“I say classes, but it’s much more hands-on and much more visual than sitting in a desk, listening to somebody. The kids actually go outside and fire a fire extinguisher and put out a flame. They’re flying remote controlled outside. There’s a number of activates that are pretty exciting [and] keep their engagement.”

The camp runs from July 16th through the 19th and features a festival on the 20th.

Cost is $50 per student, and a $10 discount will be applied if registration is completed by Friday.

Forms can be downloaded at or from the camp’s Facebook page.

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