Changing the next generation workforce

Posted September 5th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Tanglewood News, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Imagine… changing the life of a high school student in one semester

“My son was the type of kid who never really had any direction. Because of the AMP program, he’s more sure of himself and what he wants in a career.”

Tanglewood’s non-profit, the Untangled Minds Foundation, developed the AMP program to build the next generation workforce. See what this mother had to say about her son’s transformation and the amazing AMP program.

Do you want to know more about the AMP program? Visit untangledminds.org or email untangledminds@outlook.com.

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Tanglewood’s Untangled Minds Foundation AMPLIFIES new trade talent in 2019

Posted June 13th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Get Inspired, latest, Preservation Maryland, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Have you explored all the talent in your community?

Tanglewood strongly believes in the development of a vibrant, thriving community. Through our non-profit organization’s AMP program, our mission is to build a sustainable, cultural environment for our children and our children’s children.

In its second year, students of the AMP program have designed and built some incredible products alongside local business partners on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Watch the development of their latest project in the video above.

We hope they inspire you as much as they have our team.

For more information about the Untangled Minds Foundation or the AMP program, visit untangledminds.org or contact Nicole Mihalos at untangledminds@outlook.com

Are We A Sustainable Company?

Posted January 17th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Insights, latest, Preservation Maryland, Tanglewood News, Untangled Minds Foundation
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What does sustainable mean?

Some think sustainability means you recycle, reduce energy, and are more efficient in operations. But at Tanglewood, we define sustainability differently. All of the efforts toward energy conservation and recycling are necessary but…

What is the goal of sustainability?

We believe to be sustainable means belonging to a vibrant, thriving community that will be a sustainable, cultural environment for our children and our children’s children.

What are we doing to accomplish that?

The Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) Program created through our 501c3 Untangled Minds seeks to help students acquire the skills and perspective every business owner wants to see in their employees. Bundled into a three semester course, the AMP program’s primary focus is to develop students who (1) Take ownership and initiative, (2) Seek to understand what owners and managers of a company are passionate about, and (3) See and do what is required without having to be asked or told.

Does that sound like an employee you would like to hire?

It is these skills wrapped around the technical skill component along with the strong partnership of community members, community businesses, and education that advances student skills, perspective, and ways of thinking.

After all, to establish a sustainable community, we first must develop a sustainable workforce for our growing business partners.

For more information about the AMP program and to become a partner, visit untangledminds.org or contact Nicole Mihalos at untangledminds@outlook.com

2018 Champions of Manufacturing STEM Awarded to Tanglewood’s Foundation for Education!

Posted December 4th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Insights, latest, Tanglewood News, Uncategorized, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Caroline County AMP students, founder of Untangled Minds Foundation, Alan Stein, Dr. Patricia W. Saelens Superintendent of Schools, Keith Hale, AMP classroom instructor receive the 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing award for Stem Student Advocacy from Mike Galiazo (center), President of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland.

Have you heard AMP in the news?

To celebrate those in the manufacturing industry advocating for its growth in Maryland, each year the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) recognizes several companies across the state of Maryland doing amazing things in the manufacturing industry in areas such as STEM Student Achievement and Recruitment, Innovation, and Community Engagements.

This year, the Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) Program of Caroline County Public Schools recently won RMI’s 2018 Champions of Manufacturing Award for STEM Student Advocates! Awarded to those striving to impact student achievement in manufacturing, we were humbled to have received the award from our peers out of 280 nominations from across the state of Maryland.

AMP was developed by the Untangled Minds Foundation, the brainchild of Alan Stein, founder of Tanglewood Conservatories in Denton, MD. The AMP program goes beyond the typical career and technology center manufacturing program. In addition to technical education, students learn about time and project management, cost estimating, team building, quality improvement process, communication, presentation, marketing and salesmanship.

A blend of training in modern manufacturing process-driven thinking and the Life Success Skills that employer’s need, the AMP program relies on industry partner companies to deliver a multi-disciplinary approach to project based learning that brings real-world experience into the classroom.

Visit untangledminds.org to learn more

Highlights from the Gala

Over 600 Manufacturing Stakeholders Enthusiastically Celebrate 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing
 

 

On Thursday night at Martin’s West, RMI’s 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Awards ceremony drew over 600 stakeholders from around the State. The evening awards program touched on the themes of togetherness and family as we celebrated a variety of different leaders from young students to business executives.
Champions received their awards and also saw their Champions features in the newly published 2018 Champions Yearbook. Many Champion companies brought their respective teams of employees to the event to share the celebration.  It was obvious that all had a very good time.
There were many poignant moments, from the embracement of the attending employees from GM Baltimore Operations to Suzy Ganz and Mike Galiazzo’s tribute to Aris Melissaratos as the 2018 Grand Champions of Maryland Manufacturing.  Aris received a beautiful glass- blown bowl, see below, created with Maryland colors infused throughout, from Baltimore’s Magma Build Studios.

Tanglewood Amplifies Local Trade Talent through Untangled Minds’ AMP program!

Posted October 3rd, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, latest, Tanglewood News, Uncategorized, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Imagine… changing the lives of students, teachers, business leaders and an entire community…

Students of the Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) program dream of becoming a Master Craftsperson. One student’s passion for working with his hands led to a summer internship at Tanglewood.

Tanglewood intern awarded Golden Saw from Tanglewood Engineer and AMP Teacher/Mentor, Mike Panschisin

 

Throughout his internship, he experienced woodworking, metalwork, handling glass, painting, construction, and CNC machining, while helping craft Tanglewood’s luxury conservatories.

 

“He is a wonderful asset to our team. He has a great outlook and attitude. The students in the AMP program learn what we call “Discovery Development”; how to take ownership, think like a business owner and be coachable. We are excited and look forward to having him back in the Spring.”

Alan Stein, Tanglewood President and Director of Architecture

 

A Program of Opportunity

Working alongside and learning from local industry professionals, students are currently designing and constructing a Cajon while preparing to take their Manufacturing Skills Standards Council certification; a nationally recognized industry program for advanced manufacturing professionals. The Cajón is the most popular and widely used Afro-Peruvian musical instrument for the last 200 years and is now used not only in Cuban and Peruvian music but by folk musicians, Flamenco musicians, acoustic groups, street musicians (buskers) and increasingly, professional mainstream artists. Students went all out on this project! The intricate detailing of this Cajon will test their skills.

AMP student learns the intricacies of dovetail joinery as they work on the final assembly of their custom designed Cajon project alongside a master craftsmen from partner Hinckley Yachts.

 

 

By the end of the semester, students will pursue internships with local businesses specialized in the trades.

To follow the AMP students’ progress, subscribe to their newsletter HERE.

 

Giving Back

AMP is just one of the many ways Tanglewood is giving back to our community and passing on our skills to the next generation. The program’s advanced approach to project-based learning fused with personal development is preparing students well in advance to walk into well-paying jobs and good benefits right out of high school.

To learn more about the AMP program and the Untangled Minds Foundation, visit https://www.untangledminds.org/amp-1

To support our youth in discovering their life vision and passions through advanced manufacturing and woodworking, donate here.

 

Tanglewood, Untangled Minds, and the AMP program are proud partners with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Caroline County Public Schools, and several industry partners across Maryland’s Eastern Shore

2 Continuing Education Units. 1 Amazing Mastermind Experience.

Posted August 14th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Events, Insights, Tanglewood News, Uncategorized, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Success… doesn’t come easy.

You know from experience attracting the right clientele can be difficult. Plus, it’s easy to get bogged down in the day to day operations of your business. The best way to break through this common barrier is learning from others’ experiences, success, and failures to think creatively about moving prospects faster!

That is why Tanglewood Conservatories in partnership with the Untangled Minds Foundation is currently developing an AIA Continuing Education Course to help architects do just that.

This course will be designed to bring architects and other professionals together to assist one another in evaluating their current processes and ways of working with clients from three key perspectives: People, Business, and Life. Whether communicating to clients the value you bring to a project or getting others to make decisions in a timely manner, this course is designed to tap into your current systems and develop it into a well-oiled machine generating MORE QUALIFIED LEADS and INCREASING REVENUE without working more hours!

 

Are you ready for MORE success?

Click here to receive email updates with upcoming event dates and details.

We look forward to meeting you!

For more information, contact Nicole Mihalos at untangledminds@outlook.com or call 410-479-4700!

 

All proceeds donated to the Untangled Minds Foundation; a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to empowering minds through educating them about the importance of leadership and entrepreneurial skill opportunities that lie beyond traditional mediums.

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
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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!

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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
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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
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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
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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