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America MakesAmerica Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in additive manufacturing and 3-D printing technology research, discovery, creation and innovation, America Makes is working to accelerate AM and 3DP technologies and increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness.

NAMThe National Association of Manufacturers’ mission is to advocate on behalf of its members to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturers by shaping a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to U.S. economic growth and to increase understanding among policymakers, the media and the general public about the vital role of manufacturing in America's economic and national security for today and in the future.

Manufacturing InstituteThe Manufacturing Institute is dedicated to improving and expanding manufacturing in the United States. It is affiliated with the National Association of Manufacturers and can best be described as part think tank, part solutions center. In partnership with some of the leading consulting firms in the country, the Institute studies the critical issues facing manufacturing and then applies that research to develop and identify solutions that are implemented by companies, schools, governments and organizations across the country.

American Welding SocietyThe American Welding Society's mission is to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. AWS continues to lead the way in supporting welding education and technology development to ensure a strong, competitive and exciting way of life for all Americans.

National Defense Industrial AssociationThe National Defense Industrial Association is America's leading defense industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between industry and government on National Security issues. NDIA members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for our war fighters and first responders through their divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.

Society of Women EngineersFor more than six decades, the Society of Women Engineers has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. SWE is centered around a passion for its members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties.

Association for Manufacturing ExcellenceThe Association for Manufacturing Excellence is North America’s premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in Organizational Excellence through the implementation of techniques such as lean tools, leadership, lean product development, lean supply chain and lean accounting. By making quality a global priority, an organizational imperative, and a personal ethic, ASQ becomes the community for everyone who seeks quality concepts, technology or tools to improve themselves and their world.

International Society of AutomationFounded in 1945, the International Society of Automation is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping more than 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. ISA develops standards, certifies industry professionals, provides education and training, publishes books and technical articles, and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals.

Automation FederationThe Automation Federation is an association of member organizations engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities. The Automation Federation provides industry-wide strategic analysis and coordination through its member organizations. With the Automation Federation’s leadership and support, member organizations can work more effectively to fulfill their individual missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation.

ACT - National Career Readiness CertificateACT – National Career Readiness Certificate supports the importance of a work force with the foundational skills to succeed and a common language for educators and employers to measure those skills. NCRC verifies to employers anywhere in the United States an individual has essential core employability skills in reading, math and locating information. The National Career Readiness Certificate program is based on the WorkKeys® job skills assessment system.

MSSCThe Manufacturing Skill Standards Council is an industry-led, standards-based, training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation's production and supply-chain logistics workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based on industry-defined and federally endorsed national standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century.

NISTFounded in 1901, NIST is a nonregulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. The NIST's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money.

NIMSThe National Institute for Metalworking Skills was formed by the metalworking trade associations to strengthen and maintain American manufacturing by building a globally competitive metalworking workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.

ASEEIn pursuit of academic excellence, ASEE develops policies and programs that enhance professional opportunities for engineering faculty members, and promotes activities that support increased student enrollments in engineering and engineering technology colleges and universities.

SPIFounded in 1937, SPI is the plastics industry trade association representing the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States. Its member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers.

U.S. Dept. of EnergyThe Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States; and to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission. Small and medium-sized manufacturers may be eligible to receive a no-cost assessment provided by DOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs).

SME-EFThe SME Education Foundation is one of the nation's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing manufacturing education through student outreach programs, scholarships and fellowships, and college and university grants. Since 1980, the Foundation has provided more than $28.8 million in cash grants, scholarships and awards.

PLTWProject Lead the Way® is a national, not-for-profit educational program that helps give middle and high school students the rigorous ground-level education they need to develop strong backgrounds in science and engineering. PLW creates dynamic partnerships with our nation's schools to prepare an increasing and more diverse group of students to be successful in science, engineering and engineering technology.

EIEThe Engineering is Elementary project aims to foster engineering and technological literacy among children. EiE is creating a research-based, standards-based and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. EiE materials also connect with literacy, social studies and mathematics.

FIRST Logo LeagueFIRST Lego League introduces children around the world to the fun and experience of solving real-world problems by applying math, science and technology. FLL is a result of an exciting alliance between FIRST and the LEGO Co.

FIRST RoboticsFIRST Robotics' mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation and that foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

Future City CompetitionThe mission of the National Engineers Week Future City Competition™ is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for seventh and eighth-grade students that combine a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application to present their vision of a city of the future.

JETSJETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) is a national nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting engineering and technology careers to our nation's young people. Since 1950, JETS academic competitions, educational activities and career guidance resources have been exciting students about careers in engineering and technology. is an award-winning, interactive website that challenges and engages students in basic engineering and science principles, and provides interesting and useful educational resources for teachers. This fun and information-rich website was recently "re-engineered" and marketed around the country.

National Robotics ChallengeThe National Robotics Challenge, developed in 1986, is an annual event designed to provide students from elementary, middle, high and post-secondary schools with an opportunity to compete and test their classroom instruction and understanding of manufacturing processes, controls and robotics and automation.

AWIMThe Society of Automotive Engineers' A World in Motion® curriculum joins together teachers, students and industry volunteers in an exploration of physical science, while addressing essential mathematic and scientific concepts and skills. Industry volunteers play an essential role in motivating the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math by bringing their everyday experiences into an AWIM classroom.

SkillsSkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

HAAS Tech CtrThe Haas Technical Education Center Network is an industry and education-led initiative that enables manufacturing technology educators and their schools to acquire the latest CNC machine tools and related CNC ancillary equipment, software and educational materials.

NSFThe Advanced Technological Education program endeavors to strengthen the skills of technicians, whose work is vitally important to the nation’s prosperity and security. In ATE centers and projects, community colleges have a leadership role and work in partnership with universities, secondary schools, business and industry, and government agencies to design and carry out model workforce development initiatives.

Skills CanadaThe Skills Canada National Competition is the only national, Olympic-style, multitrade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country. Every year, the event brings together more than 500 young people from all regions of Canada, along with their parents and advisors, to compete in more than 40 trade and technology areas.

NRC-CNRCThe National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program is Canada's premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises. It is a vital component of the NRC, a cornerstone in Canada's innovation system, regarded worldwide as one of the best programs of its kind.

Online Computer Science DegreesOnline Computer Science Degrees provides a computer science career and postsecondary education guide tailored to the needs of current and future students. It includes industry resources, career paths, scholarships, supplemental free online courses and internship opportunities. Additionally, it has created the first database of not-for-profit accredited online computer science programs, which is updated on a quarterly basis.

FAFSAFederal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school.

U.S. Department of EducationThe Financial Aid Office of the U.S. Department of Education will provide more than $83 billion this year, about 60 percent of all student aid, to help millions of students and families pay for postsecondary education.

U.S. Department of EducationThe U.S. Department of Education mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Corporation Skilled WorkforceThe Corporation for a Skilled Workforce is the partner leaders trust most to help them develop good jobs so that families and firms can thrive in the changing and turbulent economy. contains official information and services from the U.S. government. You'll find a rich treasure of online information, services and resources.

U.S. Department of LaborThe U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs and unemployment insurance benefits.

CareerOneStopCareerOneStop is a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored website that offers career resources and work force information to job seekers, students, businesses and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy.

OSTIOSTI  is the Department of Energy office that collects, preserves and disseminates DOE-sponsored R&D results that are the outcomes of R&D projects or other funded activities at DOE labs and facilities nationwide and grantees at universities and other institutions.

Great Lake Mfg. CouncilThe Great Lakes Manufacturing Council holds that manufacturing in the Great Lakes Region is all about innovation in the products and materials that are being developed and created and in the way that they are manufactured.

NCMEThe National Center for Manufacturing Education, NSF National Resource Center, serves as a source of materials, support services and professional development opportunities for educators and industry professionals.

NACFAMThe National Council for Advanced Manufacturing has formed new initiatives in "network centric manufacturing," STEM education, supply chain optimization, technology and innovation and sustainable manufacturing.

NCWEThe National Council for Workforce Education is a private, nonprofit, professional organization committed to promoting excellence and growth in workforce education at the post-secondary level. is a website targeted primarily toward young people in grades 11–14, providing them with positive information about careers in advanced manufacturing.

eGFIeGFI is proudly brought to you by the American Society for Engineering Education. It is committed to promoting and enhancing efforts to improve K-12 STEM and engineering education.

MAPIThe Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation is a member organization focused on building strong leadership within manufacturing, and driving the growth, profitability and stature of global manufacturers.

DeloitteIn the United States, Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries have 57,000 professionals with a single focus: serving its clients and helping them solve their toughest problems.