Middle- and high-school students in the West Irondequoit Central School District in New York get a firsthand look at manufacturing through internships and factory visits in the area. The program is funded through grants, and has received support from companies such as Optimax, whose CEO says such exposure will help establish a future workforce. "We're targeting the kids who might not know what to do at this point in their lives," Pat McCue, principal of Irondequoit High School, said. "A four-year college isn't maybe the way they want to go, and there are a lot of good paying jobs in the area for hard-working kids with that math and science skill set."

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