Dear Bay Area manufacturers,
Here’s a New Year’s pledge that’s easy to keep — “I’m going to help out a local K-12 school, get kids interested in making and designing stuff, and have fun doing it!” If that’s something you’d like to do (and who wouldn’t), the community colleges can help.

We have a Volunteer Match website that helps to match you with teachers looking for your knowledge around manufacturing, engineering, or the skilled trades. You simply go online, search for local teachers looking for your type of expertise, arrange a time with the teacher, and then go speak/give demos and answer student questions for an hour or so. We have teachers looking for machinists, others looking for CAD designers, civil engineers, carpenters, welders, etc.

Check it out at:

It takes about 2 minutes to register, and then you can start browsing immediately to find teachers to help out. From as little as an hour in the classroom giving a talk, to judging or mentoring science and robotics teams, to hosting plant tours, etc., there are a range of ways you can volunteer.

We’ve just launched this service, so we have a few teachers now, but we're working to add more - so you can look for volunteer opportunities close to work or close to home. And if you have kids and would like for their teachers to sign up, just send them to the site and they can sign-up and input their requests as well.

So check it out now and help students get excited about manufacturing! Feel free to forward this on to others at your workplace that might be interested.


P.S. And if you’re not sure what you’d do/talk about for an hour in a class, check out Activity Suggestions at: 

Mark Martin, PhD
Regional Director (DSN), Bay Area
Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development
California Community Colleges

(650) 248-7728

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