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On August 9, Oakland Community College will host a HURCO CNC Training Center ribbon cutting and grand re-opening of the Advanced Technology Center to celebrate their investment in skilled trades education. Tours will feature machinery demonstrations and information booths with area manufacturer representatives. A student services representative will also be on-hand to help with class registration and applications.

 

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For more information call (248) 232-4311.

Working closely with community colleges, universities, and independent colleges, 90 Michigan school districts are introducing students, some as early as ninth grade, to college programs with a career-technical education focus. The idea is to offer 5 years of high school, where students take a mixture of high school and college courses. The longer the students participate in the program, the more credits they earn; and most earn enough credits for an associate’s degree.

GE Appliances hosted the first Greater Louisville Manufacturing Workforce Development Day at Appliance Park. The event highlighted GE's challenges with the lack of qualified manufacturing workforce to fill entry-level positions. GE partnered with KentuckianaWorks to develop a certified production technician program to help combat the worker shortage. But GE isn't alone, numerous Louisville manufacturers are facing the same worker shortage issues.

Manufacturing jobs have quickly become high-tech and high-paying, making them more attractive to a growing number of people. Tennessee is the number one state for auto manufacturing in the Southeast. With Knoxville being at the center of a number of surrounding auto assembly plants, this has resulted in 13,152 manufacturing jobs in the area.

In partnership with the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, Rock Valley College offers TechWorks – a fast-track program that provides students with skills and credentials needed to qualify for a computer numerical control machine operator assembly job. Find out if TechWorks is a good fit for you and how to get started in the program.

Perceptions of Detroit leave the city with a bad reputation but according to a new study, Wayne County is number 1 in the country for manufacturing job growth. California, Indiana, North Carolina, and Missouri also had counties place in the top ten for manufacturing job growth.

According to the Ohio Manufacturers Association, manufacturing made up 660,000 jobs in Ohio in 2014, representing a payroll of more than $36 billion. Six of Ohio’s top eight manufacturing employers have facilities an hour or less from Lima, making Rhodes State a prime location to train for a manufacturing career. With a wide variety of degree and certificate programs, Rhodes State College is the pathway to a manufacturing career.

The Manufacturing Day survey results are in, and events held around the U.S. have positively impacted the perception of the industry and its career options. Both students and educators are more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities, and both found events and activities held interesting and engaging. Check out the survey for more results.

The PBS Newshour takes an in-depth look at higher education in its special 5-part series “Rethinking College: Closing the Graduation Gap.” Each part of the series explores a leading edge experiment aimed at improving educational and career opportunities for poor students.

 

This excerpt, "How community colleges can help close the graduation gap," examines an effort in Florida to redefine the mission of community colleges. Florida's DirectConnect program allows those who earn a two-year community college degree to jump straight to a state school – thus saving thousands of dollars for low-income students who might not otherwise get that chance.

 

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Students in advanced manufacturing and industrial technologies programs at Spartanburg Community College can’t finish fast enough for employee recruiters waiting with job offers, Students at the college have access to the state’s largest campus inventory of robots, 10 of them, and the program is one of 13 nationally in the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium. The consortium’s hands-on, project-based approach requires students to show instructors they are learning skills, which is much better than having them spend hours-and-hours in a classroom and then not knowing if they can or cannot perform a skill.

Henry Ford College is a key partner in the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA), which was recently awarded a $4 million grant to lead the Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (CAI) project. The project will engage organizations focused on special populations in STEM careers. These may include organizations like the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program and Black Girls Code. Funds will be utilized to establish or expand apprenticeship programs responsive to the evolving technical needs in the high-demand, new-age automotive and transportation sectors of the Advanced Manufacturing industry. CAI will serve 853 workers in Michigan. Download a summary of the CAI project for more information.

The IEM/Mechatronics Program at TCAT-Murfreesboro provides diversified maintenance training to students to meet the occupational needs of the prospective employers in the TCAT community. The program offers hands-on experience, cutting edge technology, innovative training, and more. Watch this video for a behind-the-scenes look at students and staff in the program. For more information about the program visit the TCAT-Murfreesboro website and download this IEM Brochure.

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin believes in strengthening West Virginia's small businesses and securing new investments to generate jobs. All businesses understand the importance of a well-trained workforce, and West Virginia is working hard to ensure industry has access to the high-tech resources and the highly skilled workers they need.

As the retirement rate is expected to increase over the next 10 years, it’s critical to bring in new talent. That’s why programs like Rockford School District’s Summer Manufacturing Program have launched; to prepare students for jobs in manufacturing and engineering technology. As a partner in the program, Rock Valley College is helping students become workforce ready.

With talk of how hard it is to recruit manufacturing workers, representatives from Honda’s Alabama auto assembly plant took a unique approach to job recruiting. They set-up a tent at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. There they showed off rivet guns, precision tools and pistons in pieces for assembly, and they invited visitors to try them out by asking, "How fast can you torque an engine?" The idea was to show visitors what manufacturing is really all about.

Recently, former President Bill Clinton visited The Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) at Spartanburg Community College. During his visit, Clinton emphasized the importance of training high school and college students in practical skills. He further noted that there is a massive need for advanced manufacturing; acknowledging a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers.

Attending a community college may be the right decision for some high school graduates. Aside from offering students a low-cost education, community colleges can give them more personalized attention and be a steppingstone toward a four-year institution.

Kentucky introduces its first regional academy for students who are interested in engineering, software technology and advanced manufacturing fields. The academy gives students the opportunity to focus their studies on technical education and teaches them how to operate in the workforce by teaching skills employers say they want. When students graduate, they will be incredibly work-ready.

Innovate Manufacturing will locate its first U.S. headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mayor Tim Burchett is pleased with the decision the China-based company has made because they will be investing $4.7 million in building upgrades and renovations as well as creating 50 new jobs in Knox County.

As a partner of the non-profit organization Alamo Academies, Alamo Colleges is helping high school students obtain industry-approved certifications and paid internships in various fields, including Advanced Technology & Manufacturing. Alamo Academies is dedicated to closing the skills gap, so that industry can continue to thrive. Toyota, one of the industry partners involved in the program, has provided workers the technical skills needed for advanced manufacturing operations, including troubleshooting and repairing robotics.

In 2015 Alabama experienced game-changing developments in important industry sectors, including aerospace, technology, automotive and advanced manufacturing. From Airbus launching aircraft assembly in Mobile to Google selecting Jackson County for a major data center project, it’s been a massive year for Alabama and its economic development team. Check out a short video that captures the significance of these developments.

Charleston Harbor is earning a new name as the deepest port on the East Coast, which will send ripple effects throughout South Carolina's manufacturing community. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said South Carolina has a variety of sectors dependent on this port including automotive, power-generation manufacturing, and distribution centers.

Gadsden State Community College held a Girls Employed in Manufacturing (GEM) Day for female high school students to discover job opportunities in the industry. The students received a tour, hands-on assembly line experience, and listened to speakers as part of the day sponsored by the Alabama Technology Network.

Trelleborg Wheel Systems is building a new production plant in Spartanburg County. The plant has already hired 52 employees, with 100 more to be hired by 2018. Most of these positions will be filled by local residents.

Oakland County is projected to have large job growth over the next three years. By 2017, the manufacturing sector will grow by 7 percent while unemployment in Oakland County will fall below 5 percent. Oakland Community College’s Chancellor says the future of college is to provide talent that serves the community. OCC is already working towards that future by providing students with resources to define their career and academic goals.

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The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima, Ohio, is getting an equipment upgrade, allowing the plant to stay open for future production of the new Abrams tanks. The news of the equipment upgrade, funded by the Army, has given JSMC to ability to pursue additional work including foreign military sales.

General Mills is expanding manufacturing and adding more jobs in Rutherford County, Tennessee. A $250 million investment in the company's Murfreesboro production facility means increased production on existing lines and the addition of new lines. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam commented, "We work hard to help existing industries expand in Tennessee, and these new jobs support our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs."

While Danville, Virginia saw the addition of about 360 jobs and $3.1 million in capital investment during the past year, economic development director, Telly Tucker isn't satisfied. Tucker has high goals for the city and is aiming for further increases over the next 12 months. He shared, "We are currently working with five existing industries that are working through expansion projects, either by jobs or capital investment. They're going to be in the neighborhood of $275 million."

Alamo Colleges has introduced six career pathways that lead students down a pre-defined academic path, ultimately saving them money and time. The new approach is designed to serve students better, and focuses on reducing time to graduation, thus increasing graduation rates.

Michigan New Jobs Training (MNJT) program is funding training for 693 new employees within seven Oakland County companies. Oakland Community college will provide training in Advanced Manufacturing, Quality, Leadership, and Product Design & Development. OCC Chancellor Dr. Timothy Meyer says that the MNJT program provides an incentive that makes the difference.

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