JAMA Annual Award Nomination Criteria

Below is the criteria that must be met by nominees in order for them to be eligible to receive recognition as a JAMA Manufacturer, Student, Educator or Apprentice of the Year. To submit a nomination, click the button below.

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HERITAGE HALL OF FAME

  • Former (or Current) manufacturer who has made historic contribution to the success of manufacturing in the Jackson area
  • Must have had measurable positive impact in the region for at least a five-year period
  • Must have employed a significant number of people in the region
  • Must have demonstrated qualities of innovation, adaptability and/or perseverance in the face of challenges
  • Must serve as a role model for other business leaders
  • Must have made significant contribution to the betterment of the greater Jackson community

MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

  • Must own or principally operate a JAMA member manufacturing business
  • Must have had measurable positive impact on operations over at least a three-year period
  • Must exemplify how business challenges have been overcome
  • Must be a model of success in manufacturing
  • Must be a contributor to the success of the local community (school involvement, volunteerism, etc.)

PETER F. HURST MANUFACTURING INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

  • Must have been personally involved in development of a product and/or process innovation
  • The innovation must have been developed for, in conjunction with, or validated by a JAMA member manufacturer
  • The innovation must have had (or have the potential for) measurable positive impact on the company’s operations and/or bottom line
  • Bonus points awarded for product and/or process innovations that resulted in one or more patents

STUDENT OF THE YEAR

  • Must currently have or have graduated with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in a Jackson, Lenawee or Hillsdale County school
  • Must have attended manufacturing and/or engineering programs offered via the Jackson Area Career Center, the LISD TECH Center, or Hillsdale Area Career Center
  • Must have maintained a noteworthy attendance record from 9th to 12th grade
  • Must exemplify good citizenship skills, such as volunteerism, community involvement, etc.
  • Must obtain a letter of recommendation from an instructor or a JAMA member manufacturer
  • Must have participated in an internship or other employment with a JAMA member manufacturer

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

  • Must be an educator or administrator in Jackson, Lenawee or Hillsdale County, an instructor with the Academy for Manufacturing Careers or a teacher involved in one of the many after-school and summer youth programs offered in the region
  • Must have concentrated efforts to the teaching or promotion of engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology
  • Must have promoted career opportunities in manufacturing
  • Must demonstrate special projects, curriculum, student success rates, etc. that would warrant this award

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

  • Must have this year completed an Academy for Manufacturing Careers apprenticeship with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have maintained a noteworthy attendance record during his/her apprenticeship
  • Must have gone “above and beyond” in some fashion during his/her apprenticeship
  • Must be recommended by the apprentice’s sponsoring manufacturer and Academy staff

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