As the economy improves, the construction industry and other apprenticeship trades are having a difficult time keeping up with the demand for skilled labor. An exodus of apprentices during the economic downturn created a void that has been difficult to fill. An emphasis on the necessity of college by high school teachers, counselors and parents has created an environment that is less than conducive to a career in the skilled trades. In addition, recruiting women and minorities has also proved di
A national network of manufacturing innovation — leveraging the resources and know-how of the private and public sectors — is helping America seize and maintain a competitive advantage. Good ideas —...
We all have different passions, talents, ambitions – so why are we all asked to follow the same educational path?There is a common misconception that a traditional four-year college degree is the only logical choice for intelligent, motivated people. Yet successful careers are not handed out with college diplomas; they are built through imagination, passion, and dedication to getting the right education, at the right time. These skills and others, which can easily be acquired at community colleg
SME is trying to address the misconceptions about manufacturing. We want to highlight the positive stories to negate the false and negative stereotypes. Through the #MFGis campaign, we want to define what manufacturing is, one word at a time – and then tell the stories that highlight the progress, what is driving the industry and how these (and the people) will shape the future...Read More....
Several factors come into play when manufacturers make the decision to move or reshore (see chart). The wage gap is never the only reason, but in all cases, the move makes business sense – it’s not simply a feel good story.
Derby the dog was born with very small forelegs and no front paws. This resulted in his ending up in the care of Hillsborough, New Hampshire-based dog rescue group, Peace and Paws. Fortunately, he then proceeded into the foster home of Tara Anderson. She works for 3D printing company 3D Systems (3DS), and set about using her employer's technology to make him a set of prostheses. As a result, he's now able to run for the first time.
Anderson worked with animal orthotist Derrick Campana and two of her 3DS co-workers, designers Kevin Atkins and Dave DiPinto.
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