Project-Based Curriculum Reduces Manufacturers’ Skills Gaps

  • Date: February 20, 2018
  • Posted by:Elizabeth Pluskwik, PhD, Business Professor, Minnesota State University

Elizabeth Pluskwik, PhD, leads the Engineering Economics, Entrepreneurial and Lean competencies at Iron Range Engineering, a project-based engineering education program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

In 2009, northern Minnesota was experiencing a “brain drain,” with engineering students learning and leaving. We wanted them to learn and stay! Read More.

SME Leaders among Crain’s Notable Women in Manufacturing

  • Date: February 13, 2018
  • Posted by:Jeff Krause, Chief Executive Officer, SME

At the end of 2017, manufacturing employed more than 12.5 million Americans. Notably, women made up nearly 3.5 million of that sum. As the industry continues to advance, so does its workforce. Such a diverse workforce is essential for cultivating new ideas, technology and opportunities that will help to sustain manufacturing’s success.

Last year alone saw the highest growth of women in manufacturing since 1997. To increase and preserve this growth we must continue to provide influential role models that will inspire the next generation. Read More.

Business Intermediary Is Leading the Way with Apprenticeship Solutions for the ‘Silver Tsunami’

  • Date: February 05, 2018
  • Posted by:Martha Ponge, Director of Apprenticeships, MACNY of Central New York

Ponge discusses MACNY’s collaboration with other associations, workforce boards and industry to lead the way in providing small- to medium-sized companies with an opportunity to fill their workforce pipelines by being a business intermediary for DOL Apprenticeships. Read More.