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Meeting in the Middle

How does industry connect with millennials and introduce them to the high-tech world of modern manufacturing? By seeing beyond differences to what we have in common.

Shop Class for First Graders?

How do we attract the next generation of manufacturers? Start them young by letting them tinker.

The Cardinal Rule of Workforce Development

Maybe the industry needs more soft skills than technical skills.

Recruitment Machines

Are you involved in a robotics league? These competitions attract and identify young people who could thrive in a manufacturing career.

Military Readiness

A small nonprofit is demonstrating just how ready veterans are to transition into skilled manufacturing careers. The organization is helping vets and manufacturers at the same time. How far could this training model go?

Volunteer to Teach

Could you share some of what you know about machining and manufacturing with high school students?

Run for the School Board

Manufacturing leaders can do a lot of good within this elected office—for their communities, for young people and for their own businesses.

On Knowledge

Advancing knowledge within manufacturing is key to advancing manufacturing.

Looking for a Skilled Machinist?

We hear it a lot: Shop floor jobs are plentiful, but skilled workers to fill them are not.

A Different Way In

What is a fitting entry point for a modern manufacturing career? Desktop 3D printing machines offer real promise.

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