Nebraska To Launch Manufacturing Careers Campaign

NAM Dream It. Do It. program addresses skilled worker shortage

The National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) Dream It. Do It. careers campaign will be launched at The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, Lincoln, Neb.,  Friday, Sept. 8 at 4:30 p.m.

Dream It. Do It. is a multi-regional careers and economic development program aimed at attracting young people to manufacturing jobs and expanding their educational and training opportunities.

Tony Raimondo, Chairman and CEO of Behlen Manufacturing Co., Columbus, Neb., and chairman of the Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition, has formed a new alliance of business, educational, workforce, economic development, and political leaders for the campaign to address the state’s shortage of skilled manufacturing workers and help drive rural economic development.

Dream It. Do It. began as a pilot program in Kansas City in Feb. 2005, where it has produced encouraging results, according to the NAM.  The campaign is poised to launch in several other regions across the country this year, beginning with Nebraska.

Others involved in the launch on Friday include Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman; John Engler, NAM president and former three-term Governor of Michigan; Jerry Jasinowski, president of The Manufacturing Institute (NAM's research and education branch); and James Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska.