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02.11.2015 / 0 Comment
General Mills revealed their timeline for creating an interconnected enterprise at the ARC Forum
02.06.2015 / 4 Comment
Goal is to create 20,000 new apprentices over 5 year period
12.03.2014 / 0 Comment
Festo Didactic cuts the ribbon to open the Center for Workforce Technology Education
12.03.2014 / 1 Comments
The US Department of Labor has announced the certification of National Guideline Apprenticeship Standards based upon PMMI's industrial maintenance and mechatronics exams and standards.
11.21.2014 / 0 Comment
Despite lack of approval, recruiters are already seeking skilled workers for the Keystone Pipeline project.
10.29.2014 / 2 Comment
Manufacturers SHOULD care about this major piece of legislation and NOW is the time!
10.16.2014 / 1 Comments
Looking back over Manufacturing Week, the Manufacturing Workforce Development Playbook took center stage in several venues.
09.09.2014 / 0 Comment
Rockwell Automation and Beckhoff have settled their patent dispute over independent mover, linear motor racetracks. But the terms of the settlement make American machine builders the big losers.
09.08.2014 / 4 Comment
Is corporate America about to put a major emphasis on fixing our education system? Have they awakened to the disastrous consequences to our economy if we do not better prepare our workforce to compete with those in Europe, Asia and South America? I think so.
07.23.2014 / 0 Comment
Over the last two months, three announcements have been made that have the potential to have significant impact on the skill level of the manufacturing workforce in America for the foreseeable future. Yesterday, the President signed into law the Workforce Opportunity and Investment Act (WOIA), reauthorizing the 1998 Workforce Investment Act with $3 billion in funding. Earlier in the month, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills announced a newly developed skill standard for industrial maintenance and mechatronics that is out for international review preparatory to creating a new workforce certification program. And finally, two of the major educational curriculum and equipment suppliers for manufacturing skills training came together with the purchase of US / Canadian company Lab-Volt by the didactic division of the German automation company Festo.