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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...

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...

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...

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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 ...  

"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...

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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...

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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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6 Things You Need To Know About STEM

September 29, 2014 11:37 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

STEM — the acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math — has sparked a nationwide debate about education, gender, immigration, and the future of the United States economy. This video covers six important things you need to know about STEM...

Brew U? University Launches Beer-Making Program

September 25, 2014 4:07 pm | by David N. Goodman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in "fermentation science."Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant this week announced plans to...

GE To Give Penn State $10M For Gas Drilling Center

September 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Kevin Begos, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Penn State University said Wednesday that General Electric Co. will give the school up to $10 million to create a new center for natural gas industry research. Penn State President Eric Barron said in a statement that the center will produce tangible benefits to the industry, to communities that are affected by...

Siemens Provides $32M To Train Workers For Manufacturing Industry

September 24, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today, from its Charlotte Energy Hub, Siemens announced it will be making a $32 million in-kind software grant to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division, which serves thousands of students and commercial companies annually. CPCC will use the...

Senators Coons, Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Manufacturing Training

September 18, 2014 4:49 pm | by Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to help cities and states build 21st century manufacturing training programs. The Manufacturing Skills Act would create an annual $100 million competitive grant to support initiatives that...

The Manufacturing Day 'Challenge'

September 18, 2014 12:38 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Every year around election season, it seems manufacturing becomes the topic du jour. Recently, U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) office announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing...

New York Awards $55M In Manufacturing Education, Research Grants

September 17, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York state is investing $55 million in five projects around the state that aim to boost economic development through education and research. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state grants Tuesday during stops in...     

How To Protect Your Company From Cybercriminals

September 11, 2014 11:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At a recent “Hacker Lab” event, “white hat” hackers revealed how cybercriminals work — and what businesses can do to protect themselves. The September 9 multimedia presentation used a simulated small business system to demonstrate how hackers choose their targets, how they enter the system, and what they...

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

September 9, 2014 2:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers are retiring and ...

Rosetta Stone And Acesse Corporation Partner In Landmark Global Deal

September 9, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rosetta Stone Inc., the world's leading provider of education technology and language-learning solutions, today announced a partnership with Acesse Corporation to bring Rosetta Stone's award winning language solutions to more than 400,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide through...

“Make It In Washington” Initiative Introduced To Strengthen Manufacturing Sector

September 8, 2014 5:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Small and midsized manufacturers in qualified Washington counties will have access to a new blend of support to strengthen their businesses—ranging from strategic business consulting services and operational technical assistance to funded training opportunities for employees. The services are being offered through the "Make it in Washington" partnership, a public and private collaboration...

Sen. Coons Touts Bipartisan Progress On Manufacturing Workforce Training

September 4, 2014 12:24 pm | by U.S. Senator Chris Coons | Videos | Comments

Senator Coons spoke on the Senate floor on June 26, 2014 to applaud the Senate's passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by a broad bipartisan majority. The bill includes five provisions from...         

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