ReMaking America must include expanding partnerships between education and industry

Posted by TGarland on 11/22/2013

Here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) we’ve been talking a lot the last two weeks about workforce development and getting students interested in manufacturing.

This week,at FABTECH Expo in Chicago, the AAM crew talked with professors and students from tech and community colleges about their futures in manufacturing .

Last week, AAM hosted a Google+ Hangout with Stacey Jarrett Wagner of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Sridhar Kota of the University of Michigan. Wagner discussed the importance of partnerships between community colleges and manufacturers.

Stacey Jarrett Wagner argues for the expansion of these partnershipsin ReMaking America:

Expand the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Centers and Connect Them to Education Providers:

Expanded funding for the ATE program would support community colleges working in partnership with industry, economic development agencies, workforce investment boards and secondary and tertiary educational institutions — with an eye toward advanced-manufacturing disciplines. The centers should be linked with stem programs at all educational levels and with industry-Ph.D. fellows programs to increase the quality of research and education.

There are thousands of opportunities across the U.S. for students interested in a manufacturing career, but we must present these opportunities as a viable career path.

Order a copy of ReMaking America here. 

1 comment

Anonymous wrote 39 weeks 6 days ago

Merging Industry and education

I think this would be a great achievement, but I know the teachers I have known would feel threatened.

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