• On-Demand Student Tours


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Learning by doing -- that's the focus of the EDA's Career Pathways Student Tours. The EDA has been collaborating with local businesses since 2000 to give students a glimpse of local career opportunities and the skills and education they'll need to get there.

Do you think your class would benefit from a field trip to one of our local businesses? Check out the companies below that are already opening their doors to middle and high-school classes. Have another company in mind? Reach out and we'll see if we can help make a connection!

Barrett Machine, Inc. Machine and fabrication shop/industrial maintenance & sales
 Cives  Structural steel and plate fabricator
Fortessa International and domestic distributor of commercial and consumer tableware
Green Bay Packaging Manufacturing of paperboard packaging and coated laminated paper for labels
Monoflo Manufacturing of plastic pallets, crates, bulk containers, dollies, and wall systems for the distribution market
Navy Federal Credit Union Customer care and data center
Southeastern Container Manufacturing of PET bottles and preforms for sparking soft drink, water, food, and consumer product packages
SpecialMade Goods & Services Distribution, product modification, hot stamping, and die cutting
Thermo Fisher Scientific Manufacturing of diagnostic and biotechnology products
Winchester Metals Metal processing and distribution
Winchester Tool Metal fabrication and repair
ZM Sheet Metal Manufacturing of pre-fab duct work and fittings


In addition to on-demand tours throughout the year, the EDA partners with the City of Winchester and Clarke County to offer a blitz of student tours during Manufacturing Week - the first week in October. More than 300 students and 20 companies participate each year.