SCHOOLS ADOPT BUSINESS APPROACH TO DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF MANUFACTURING WORKERS
From simulated workplaces to industry partnerships, progressive high school career and technical education (CTE) programs — geared toward manufacturing — are implementing creative ideas to sustain and grow. Moving toward a more business-oriented approach is a winning strategy for all as it provides real-life work experience to students and a pipeline of skilled workers to manufacturers.
In the next decade, job seekers in manufacturing will find plenty of openings. By aligning externally with industry and internally with others within the school network, CTE can, and should, play a larger role in solving the skills gap. Many CTE programs are thriving, leading to greater student diversity in both gender and race. Plus, involving students in the process prepares them for the workplace by teaching accountability and real-life skills, a benefit to local employers.
This Tooling U-SME white paper outlines the challenges facing high-school CTE programs specifically related to manufacturing fields such as CNC machining and welding. It also provides solutions in the form of tips and best practices including:
- Designate a CTE program instructor as leader
- Create an advisory board with local manufacturers
- Organize fundraisers
- Engage students
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" I have been using Tooling U-SME for at least six years now and to date, every student in class has earned NIMS credentials"
"My students like it because it can be accessed anywhere and they don’t have to carry books"
– Tim Blizzard: Carroll County Career & Technology Center