Collaboration between employers, educators and community leaders

The Manufacturing Institute‘s Close the Skills Gap framework addresses the current and Working-togetherfuture skills and workforce development gaps through the three pillars: image, quality and policy.  Jennifer McNelly, President of Manufacturing Institute, stated the importance of manufacturing in our country very eloquently, ‘Manufacturing is revitalizing our economy and making America strong again.  And, when manufacturing investments are strong, a
multiplier effect ripples across the economy, creating jobs and growth in other industries.

Over the past six years, through initiatives and research, the Manufacturing Institute created a framework to change the perception of manufacturing careers, re-establish the US as a global leader of manufacturing and increase advocacy efforts for education and job training policies.  Click here to read the ‘Close the Skills Gap’ framework recently published by the Manufacturing Institute.

About The Manufacturing Institute: ‘The Manufacturing Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class manufacturing talent. The Institute is the place where they exceed expectations and deliver results to help close the skills gap. Their Approach: ‘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.’ Source:

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Career and Technical Education: Graduating the Nation’s Future Workforce

EI-e1394054227798I had the opportunity to write an ‘Ednet – Insight’ article from the viewpoint of
industry in the earlier part of November 2014.  EdNET Insightis the K-12 education
industry’s trusted source for information and consulting services, combining the proven power of research and analysis with recognized industry experts to deliver an insightful, comprehensive view of the trends and influences that are shaping the education market today—and tomorrow.” 

The article included the following statistics:

  • The average high school graduation rate for career and technical education (CTE) students is 90.18%, compared with an average national graduation rate of 80%.
  • CTE programs teach students academic and technical skills in the context of career areas, creating relevant learning experiences that can play a significant role in helping them complete high school and prepare themselves for postsecondary education and training.
  • As workers retire and technology advances, the gap between open positions and workers qualified to fill them will continue to widen, and skilled workers with CTE training will be in high demand.
  • Research shows that education and training beyond high school will be required for at least two-thirds of job openings by 2018; CTE programs prepare students to meet these requirements.
Read on to learn more about graduating the Nation’s future workforce and what you can do. Read More »


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