What’s All The AMP About?

Posted January 25th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, latest, Preservation Maryland, Tanglewood News, Untangled Minds Foundation
Comments Off on What’s All The AMP About?

Imagine being a student that loves going to class…

It’s hard isn’t it? For some of us growing up, high school was nothing more than just a place you go to hang out with friends and learn things you’ll never use once you graduate. But for the students in the Advanced Manufacturing and Production (AMP) Program, going to class is much more than sitting and listening, barely paying attention; it’s about putting your mind, creativity, and craftsmanship to the test while learning practical skills that translate to real jobs after high school.

If you were to walk into our event this past week, you would have seen a group of students passionate about making the most of their skills, and excited to start building their dreams (literally and figuratively) in the coming week. At Tanglewood, we improve our community by partnering with Caroline County Public Schools and local businesses to give students a chance to discover what drives their passion and build a career that is satisfying and will provide financial stability in an economy where university degrees aren’t always worth what they used to be. By giving students who are gifted in working with their hands an opportunity to pursue and develop their talents, we hope to prepare them to not only contribute to the economy of our community, but more importantly, to empower them to do what they love.

An important aspect of this event was giving the parents, faculty, and participating businesses a chance to interact and get excited about the coming year. And it was a big hit! One parent even said,

“For those who didn’t attend it was a missed opportunity…this program is really going to change our community and children in a great way”

And we agree. Being able to partner with several other businesses based on quality hand-made craftsmanship with an emphasis on creating a strong sense of community is a privilege and wonderful opportunity to pass on our skills to the next generation of artists and craftsmen.

 

PRS Guitars

Hinckley Yachts

Winchester Construction

Combined Technology Solutions

REC Inc.

Warrens Wood Works

MD Plastics

Dart Container

Dixon Valve & Coupling

 

The world is changing, and it’s up to us to make sure students are prepared to take on the new challenges. Another parent described best why we participate in this program,

“WOW – the event was a hit! The attendance was great, and the students are genuinely excited about what opportunities there are when they graduate the program”.

 

We hope to inspire this feeling in every student we work with this year! When asked about the event, Tanglewood Conservatories Co-founder, Nancy Virts summed up the event perfectly when she stated,

“It really felt like a community tonight. Even though we all produce very different products, we are all working toward the same goal. It was great to see everyone and getting to know the businesses right in our backyard.”

 

To learn more about the AMP Program, the Untangled Minds Foundation, and how you can get involved visit https://www.untangledminds.org/ and https://www.carolinebusiness.com/workforce/#cctc or join us at our next event so that we can continue to support the community and provide opportunities for growth for all of our students!

410.479.4700 | Contact Us

When academic success does not equal economic success, then what?

Posted April 5th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Insights, latest, Untangled Minds Foundation
Comments Off on When academic success does not equal economic success, then what?

When academic success does not equal economic success, then what?

Statistics show that the underprivileged and undereducated are often lost in poverty, making choices for survival that render them less than successful. There are also stories of those who have achieved educational goals, only to find that their success in education may not equate to economic success. So, does THAT education matter? Education does matter; but, not education for education’s sake. Then, is it possible to acquire economic success without a college degree? Emphatically, yes! It is possible to be successful with AND without a college degree. However, we must encourage our young workforce to follow a mapped path that focuses their educational journey toward an achievable destination that fulfills their personal and economic goals.

Tanglewood Conservatories and Untangled Minds, Inc. recognizes the challenges students face as they consider steps toward their future, and see the need for a change in mindset regarding alternate paths of education. It is imperative that our youth are able to follow a mapped path to success. Mapping their educational journey through alternatives means that our youth can acquire the knowledge they need to successfully develop a business career from business leaders who are already successful.

Although college is a viable means for acquiring education, the gravitas of methods that provide experience through hands-on training is priceless. HANDS-ON TRAINING offers tools for scientific and artistic justification, documenting the why and the how of an operation, and a visualization of the process from beginning to end. Projects, such as the Advanced Manufacturing Production (AMP) program provides community youth with hands-on learning experience, by placing them side-by-side with experts in the field.  These experts volunteer time, talent and other valuable resources, to teach students every aspect of the industry from concept to delivery. Students that apply themselves, following to completion this educational journey, are positioned toward a lifetime of achievement and economic success.

Do you remember career day in grade school?

The pride and excitement as a parade of professionals marched through in their uniforms, giving all the highlights and perks of their specialty. Remember, after the fanfare had ended, being tickled playing dress-up, or having fanciful dreams; awed by so many options. Had you considered them all? Did you wonder? Or did you already know, when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Early exposure to field professionals can encourage students to explore their interests and delve deeper into what those industries have to offer.  The beauty of this is that once a student’s interest is realized, passion can be cultivated. Early cultivation done properly is the secret to shaping a true industry leader. The Untangled Minds Foundation specializes in cultivating the passion of youth, by infusing students with confidence in their ability to present innovative creations that will drive industry to unimaginable heights. Through the AMP program students are provided a unique experience, immersed in every aspect of the business.

Our partnership with both the local high school and an accredited technical college ensure a superior level of working knowledge to support technical skills they will acquire through hands on training. Focusing on molding industry leaders, our expectation of students is high, as is our standard of professionals with whom they are paired. Additionally, we are committed to their variety in knowledge. Therefore, students are allowed to sit in on, and learn about each position, from shop supervisor to owner.

One aspect of our training that differentiates us from others is the entrepreneurial mindset of our culture, which is reflected in our methodology, as well as, our pragmatism. Once a student leaves our program they have the knowledge, skills, and understanding for each responsibility, along with the experience to take it on. We know the key to cultivating passion is constant exposure, hands on interaction, encouragement and organic talent acquisition. Their pride, confidence and ability will drive their immediate economic success and financial freedom.

AMP is a cooperative effort among community and industry leaders to introduce young students to the structure and strategies of business development. Tanglewood Conservatories is excited to talk about the AMP program with industry leaders and individuals that have a heart and interest in making a difference in their communities.

Contact Patrick Reed for more information about how you can make a difference. 410.479.4700

It Just Takes One…

Posted March 22nd, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Untangled Minds Foundation
Comments Off on It Just Takes One…

Where did all those manufacturing jobs go?

Actually, did you know that for every graduate of an Advanced Manufacturing Program at the career and technical level, there are FIVE jobs in the U.S. available? That’s FIVE – high paying, advanced, technologically demanding jobs that DO NOT require a college education.

How is that possible? Watch the video below.

 

Tanglewood Conservatories has created the Untangled Minds Foundation whose mission is to develop and deliver curriculum designed to train High School students in the skills required for success in the 21st Century Advanced Manufacturing economy.

Untangled Minds has recently received approval from the State of Maryland for its Advanced Manufacturing and Production program to be introduced in the fall of this year in the Caroline County Career and Technical Center. Admission to the program is competitive. Prospective students need to pass entrance interviews, testing, and be recommended by a mentor. The program is heavily focused on Life Success Skills and Entrepreneurship.

To read more about the program, check out Are You Passionate About Helping Kids Achieve?

 

How can you help?

Contact Nicole Mihalos or Patrick Reed at 410 479 4700 or email nmihalos@tanglewoodconservatories.com. We look forward to talking with you!

Are You Passionate About Helping Kids Achieve?

Posted April 6th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Events, Preservation Maryland, Uncategorized, Untangled Minds Foundation
Comments Off on Are You Passionate About Helping Kids Achieve?

AMP

Did you know students can have a rewarding job without a college degree?

Did you know advanced manufacturing companies across the United States are looking for passionate, skilled craftspeople to carry on traditional trades work? Unfortunately, many students lack the resources and training needed to successfully master a trade, creating a skills gap in the American workforce.

Bringing Students & Businesses Together

“After our field trip to Tanglewood and working with your craftsman, my students have not stopped talking about how they cannot wait to go back to Tanglewood and learn more about the trade!”

– Teacher at the Caroline County & Technology Center

Real-life experience, lifelong friendships, networking opportunities and endless fun learning the tricks of the trade from some of the industry leaders here on the Eastern Shore – this is what Tanglewood Conservatories aims to bring to students.

How are we going to accomplish this?

Tanglewood Conservatories has partnered with Caroline County Public Schools and Caroline County Economic Development to create the Advanced Manufacturing and Production Technology program (AMP), a high-level program dedicated to INSPIRING and EMPOWERING high school students seeking a future in advanced manufacturing.

Get an inside look at our program HERE!

Student&Wood

Did You Know?

  • U.S. manufacturers are responsible for 47% of total U.S. exports.
  • In 2014, the average manufacturing worker in the U.S. earned $79,553 annually, including pay and benefits.
  • More than HALF A MILLION skilled manufacturing jobs remain unfilled due to the labor skills gap in the U.S.
  • Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap.
  • “84 percent of manufacturing executives agree there is a talent shortage in US manufacturing…” according to Craig Giffi, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP, and US automotive sector leader.

Click the links to read more from our references.

Changing the World

The program will launch in the fall of 2016! READ BELOW to see our contributors!

  1. Caroline County Economic Development Corporation
  2. Tanglewood Conservatories
  3. Combined Technology Solutions
  4. Caroline County Chamber of Commerce
  5. Maryland State Department of Education
  6. Caroline County Public Schools
  7. Hinkley Yachts
  8. Knaggs Guitars