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Focus on the Workforce - Dec. 2014Florida Celebrates Manufacturing Day with Purpose
Marilyn Barger, PhD, Executive Director, FLATE; Marie Boyette, PhD, Associate Director, FLATE, and Janice Mukhia, Communications Specialist, FLATE
December 2014

This year marked the second year that FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center) led a statewide outreach campaign to celebrate National Manufacturing Day in Florida. This cohesive, statewide effort was highly successful not only in organizing industry tours for students, but positioning Florida as a national leader in implementing a statewide strategy for National Manufacturing Day. Full Article

Nov. 2014 Focus on the Workforce EditorialM.Lab21 — For Next Generation Makers
Leanne Gluck, Director of Social Impact, 3D Systems; Pamela Hurt, Manager, SME Education Foundation, Industry Manager, Workforce Development, SME; and Michael Hripko, Deputy Director, Workforce and Educational Outreach, America Makes
November 2014 

M.Lab21, the Manufacturing Lab of the 21st Century, will introduce high school students to advanced manufacturing, specifically additive manufacturing. The term additive manufacturing comes from its process: building an object by adding successive layers of material. It’s also referred to as 3D printing, direct digital manufacturing or rapid prototyping, among other terms. Full Article  

October 2014 Focus on the WorkforcePartnering for STEM: The National Educator's Workshop
Mel Cossette, Principal Investigator, National Resource Center for Materials, Technology Education, National Educators Workshop
October 2014

Training the future workforce is critical to our nation’s economy, especially in the areas of manufacturing and material science. Edmonds Community College and the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education, which is housed at EdCC, are dedicated to this initiative through the annual National Educator’s Workshop event, which is produced by MatEdU. Full Article

September 2014 Focus on the WorkforceChicago Models Detroit STEM Program
Barbara Kensey
September 2014 

Founded in 1976, the mission of DAPCEP was to increase the number of African American and Latino students who graduate from high school and pursue degrees in STEM subjects. Full Article  

August 2014 Focus on the WorkforceWorkshops for Warriors Expands Training
Sarah A. Webster, Editor in Chief, Advanced Manufacturing Media
August 2014

Workshops for Warriors is a nonprofit organization in San Diego that provides free training and certification in advanced manufacturing techniques to U.S. veterans. Recently, it has expanded its curriculum to include training in state-of-the-art Amada CNC laser and Flow CNC waterjet cutting. Full Article

July 2014 Focus on the WorkforceWisconsin Manufacturing: Innovative Approaches to Address the Skills Gap
Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin
July 2014 

If you visit a modern manufacturing facility today, you will likely see what I have as I’ve toured some of Wisconsin’s many manufacturing facilities.You invariably will find clean, safe, high-tech production facilities with workers operating sophisticated, computer-controlled equipment. The workers are earning family-supporting wages in positions that offer good pay, benefits, and the satisfaction that comes from work that is engaging and challenging, and requires a team approach to problem solving and success. Full Article

June 2014 Focus on the WorkforceEngineering the Future for Women in Science
Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
June 2014

The development of the silicon microchip gave rise to our current digital age, and the global economy has been heavily dependent on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ever since. Over the past 10 years, STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs, and they are projected to continue to grow by 17 percent through 2018, compared to 9.8 percent for all other occupations. Full Article

May 2014 Focus on the Workforce

DreamLearners: Inspiring the Next Generation of Airplane Builders
Tim Deaton, Communications, Boeing South Carolina
May 2014

Kids throwing paper airplanes in the classroom is usually frowned upon. However, teachers are clamoring to have their students do just that as part of Boeing South Carolina’s DreamLearners program, which is helping to spark the interest of the next generation of airplane designers and builders, while giving them a greater understanding of Boeing’s expanding operations in South Carolina. Full Article  

Focus on the Workforce - April 2014

Programming Creativity at Missouri Southern
Elke Howe, Department Head, Engineering Technology, Missouri Southern State University
April 2014

When a university instructor comes up with a way of encouraging her technology-bent students to learn machine tool programming with creative classroom projects, it’s worth talking about. And, when those projects are also tied to the educational benefits of an internationally recognized organization’s student chapter, the conversation reveals a whole new level of opportunity. Full Article

March 2014 Focus on the Workforce

You're Hired – Apprenticeships Can Reinvigorate Workforce
Chris Kaiser, President and CEO, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc.
March 2014

As an industry, manufacturing has devoted concerted efforts towards countering misconceptions, building inroads with technical colleges and general recruitment. And while there have been high-value, public victories in changing these perceptions, the fact remains that manufacturing jobs remain unfilled, while thousands of Americans, lacking the correct set of skills, are seeking work. Full Article

February 2014 Focus on the WorkForcePreparing Future Engineers for Day One on the Job
Chris Kahlich, ARC Specialities
February 2014

Finding the right engineer with the right skills is often a difficult feat for companies in the advanced manufacturing Industry. Even harder to find are welding engineers ready for automated welding applications in manufacturing. Many engineers graduate from college unprepared for the real world demands of a specialized field. Full Article

Jan. 2014 Focus on the WorkForceTrends in Workforce Development
Jeannine Kunz, SME
January 2014

A new year is upon us, bringing great optimism and opportunity for the manufacturing industry. The ticking clock, however, reminds us we are closer to the end of the decade when a perfect storm of a limited employee pipeline, a retiring workforce, reshoring and the changing pace of technology is expected to place even greater labor demands on manufacturers, challenged by an already slim supply of skilled workers. Full Article

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