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Honda Opens Museum, Training Facility

December 19, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is opening a new training facility in central Ohio, along with a museum that pays tribute to the automaker's history in North America over a half a century. The company unveiled the $35 million Honda Heritage Center on Thursday in Marysville, where its North American operations are...

Jobless Veterans Get Elite Training For New Careers

December 10, 2014 10:49 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Many veterans returning from wars overseas face a new challenge at home: finding a job. Some are...

Pack Expo Top 10

December 2, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo.  We look at the expressive...

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Coding Academy Helps IN Close Tech Skills Gap

November 23, 2014 12:03 am | by Leisa Richardson, The Indianapolis Star | News | Comments

Willie Pritchett is a Purdue man. He graduated in 2000 with an undergraduate degree in organizational leadership and minors in communications and computer science. He has an MBA from Indiana Institute of Technology. And if he had it to do again — he would not. Pritchett, an entrepreneur and...

Obama Plugs STEM Education At Ceremony

November 20, 2014 2:12 pm | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers, and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask...

Manufacturing-Related Student Enrollments Rise By 36%

November 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center | News | Comments

Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is proud to announce a 36 percent increase in manufacturing related student enrollments in three of the region’s career & technical schools: Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI), Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical...

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EverFi, NAM Launch Future Careers Initiative

November 6, 2014 2:10 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

EverFi, Inc., the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and The Manufacturing Institute have launched a national initiative to develop and market career opportunities in manufacturing to students across the United States. EverFi will work with the NAM’s more than 14,000 member...

Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As I mentioned in my recent article “Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right,” Missouri is currently experiencing a huge surge in the manufacturing sector. I discussed the resurgence with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of...

Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 5, 2014 9:21 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. I recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession. It seems that the key...

Girls Only: A Way To Close The STEM Gender Gap?

November 4, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kim MacGregor | Articles | Comments

The numbers told the story. Elk Grove High School administrators could see that incoming freshman girls with high math scores weren’t enrolling in the school’s Introduction to Engineering Design class, while their male counterparts were. In other words, girls with the aptitude to excel in the...

Goldie, The Newest Pioneer For Women In STEM

October 30, 2014 10:14 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

My attention has been drawn to the issue of woman in STEM careers a few times in the past couple of weeks. First, when Manufacturing.Net Associate Editor, Bridget Bergin, wrote about the lack of women in manufacturing and STEM careers, and the need for a modern Rosie the Riveter to drum up more...

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Chevron Invests $20M In PA Workforce

October 21, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. is spending $20 million to launch its Appalachia Partnership Initiative, which is meant to improve schools and workforce development in 27 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. Chevron is working with...

Can Paid Internships Help To Bridge The Gap In Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 1:58 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant, IIE | News | Comments

Trevor Fischer, a 23 year old enrolled at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, Washington, admits he never held much interest in pursuing a career in manufacturing. He believes young people don't consider a career in manufacturing because the idea of working at a big industrial plant can be...

Where Have The Maintenance And Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 17, 2014 11:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce by...

The Generational Divide

October 16, 2014 2:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

According to an article last year in Business Week, the age of the average manufacturing worker is 56. Typically, we talk about this demographic as it relates to an impending worker shortage. What will we do to replace this crop of highly skilled tradespeople? What kind of impact will their mass...

The IoT Uplink: More Data Means More Security

October 16, 2014 9:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

It's expected that data traffic will be more than 22 times heavier by 2020 thanks to the Internet of Things. That's why security and standards have become a growing concern in the world of industrial IoT, as well as the challenges that ...  

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"Made In Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo" To Be Held Oct 21

October 15, 2014 4:50 pm | by Made In Elk Grove Expo | News | Comments

Elk Grove Villlage will host the 2nd annual regional manufacturing expo on Oct 21. The "Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo" champions the Chicagoland area as a "Midwest Supply Chain Solution."  Elk Grove Village, home of the largest industrial park in the U.S., invites manufacturers from throughout the Midwest to the Made in...

SME Education Foundation Announces Two Manufacturing Scholarships

October 13, 2014 5:22 pm | by The SME Education Foundation | News | Comments

The SME Education Foundation is pleased to announce it will establish two new scholarships specifically for Focus: HOPE students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, or a closely related field. The application opens Nov. 1, 2014.“The SME Education Foundation is committed to supporting the next generation of...

How To Build The Skilled Talent Pipeline

October 10, 2014 9:37 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Task Force on Competitiveness & the Workforce presented an action plan from its yearlong effort to improve workforce preparedness and capabilities to the NAM Board of Directors and Chairman Doug Oberhelman, chairman...

Ford Awards $50K To American Indian College Fund

October 9, 2014 10:13 am | by U.S. Newswire | News | Comments

The Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund for Native student scholarships through the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program. Ten Tribal College and University (TCU) Scholarships of $3,000 per academic...

Applications For U.S. Unemployment Fall To 8 Year Low

October 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Slightly fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average number of applications in the past month to an eight-year low. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 in the...

Ford, UAW Announce $350K Grant For New Training Programs

October 8, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company Fund and UAW Ford today announced a grant of $350,000 to pilot an innovative new education program that will bring teams of teachers into the Louisville Assembly Plant to experience first-hand the work situations their students...

The Skills Gap And Why We Need A Modern Rosie

October 3, 2014 2:23 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in the United States...

Shrinking The Skills Gap: Why Manufacturing Day Matters

October 3, 2014 1:39 pm | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford, Senior Manager, Manufacturing Practice Group, Kronos | Articles | Comments

Today we celebrate Manufacturing (MFG) Day, during which hundreds of manufacturers throughout the U.S. and Canada are hosting open houses, plant tours and career workshops, in order to raise awareness about the excellent career opportunities in...

Shell Brings Attention To Manufacturing Day

October 3, 2014 11:56 am | by Shell Lubricants | News | Comments

On October 3, 2014, manufacturers around the nation will open their doors to the public and host events highlighting the importance of manufacturing to people’s everyday lives.  Recognizing the importance of the grassroots initiative known as...

Obama's $200M Manufacturing Institute Investment

October 3, 2014 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaders of the National Photonics Initiative, an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, praised news that President Barack Obama will today unveil a new competition to award more...

Nuclear Supplier Agrees To Changes After Cheating

October 1, 2014 11:46 am | by Ray Henry - Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturer making parts for two nuclear plants in the Southeast has promised to better train its employees after investigators accused three workers of cheating on a qualification test four years ago. Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. agreed in a settlement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory...

Biden Announces $450M Grant For Community Colleges Working On Job Training

September 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training. Linking training to industry demand is key to the Obama administration's strategy for improving wages and...

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