Celebrating Career and Technical Education

  • Date: February 28, 2018
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

CTE Month ends today, and we couldn’t let February close without acknowledging the significant contributions of Career and Technical Education programs in high schools across the country. From simulated workplaces to industry partnerships, CTE programs focused on manufacturing are an invaluable resource for local communities. These programs provide students with excellent technical and career-ready training to prepare them for jobs with advanced manufacturing companies that so greatly need a fresh pipeline of highly skilled workers. Read More.

4 Myths About Millennials (And the Reality!)

  • Date: February 27, 2018
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

A top condition of a manufacturer’s competitiveness is access to a talented workforce. Yet we are in challenging times: U.S. Labor Department data indicates that as of June 2017, some 419,000 manufacturing jobs remain unfilled.

But, hey! The millennial generation is made up of 92 million people! That’s the answer! Read More.

Partnerships Make Nationwide Aerospace Engineering Apprenticeship Program a Reality

  • Date: February 26, 2018
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Last week, we announced Tooling U-SME’s involvement in the development and registration of the nation’s first Aerospace Engineering Apprenticeship – a new national learning program created for the engineering discipline. Tooling U-SME collaborated with the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) and the Aero-Flex team of employers and colleges to build the first registered apprenticeship, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Office (USDOL). Read More.

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.