Everyone who has looked at the award-winning Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) career pathway training program agrees — it is turning out excellent, highly-skilled workers who are smart and capable problem-solvers. And while the program is helping local businesses in nine states create a pipeline of much-needed talent, there is still work to be done. Hundreds…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]WorkingNation consultant and workforce reporter Ramona Schindelheim reports on the innovative solutions for developing skilled workers for 21st-century jobs. Schindelheim interviewed Toyota Motors North America’s Dennis Dio Parker, whom director Barbara Kopple featured in WorkingNation’s FutureWork series. Parker is the developer of Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways programs, which provide advanced skills training. Even before the…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Alabama is about to be the first state to give a big boost to future manufacturers. The governor announced new manufacturing credentials will be offered at every community college this spring. “Knowing the jobs out there that are available and being able to do things I enjoy every day is a major plus,” said…

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The new Louisiana FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) conducted its first Open House to celebrate Manufacturing Day/Month on November 2, 2017. The newest chapter in the FAME network, LAFAME continues its fast out-of-the-gate start by sponsoring a Manufacturing Day event during their first year of offering the AMT (Advanced Manufacturing Technician) Program. Manufacturing Day/Month…

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Manufacturers in the Cenla region have partnered with Northwestern State University and Central Louisiana Community Technical College Natchitoches Campus in offering a groundbreaking hands-on learning program that allows students to take classes and work part-time in sponsoring manufacturing facilities. A cohort of four students began the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program this fall, which allows…

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About a decade ago, a handful of central Kentucky manufacturing companies banded together to begin addressing a critical challenge. As the state’s manufacturers battled to stay globally competitive, evolving cultural and demographic forces conspired to make finding skilled workers more difficult. A generation of Americans who had learned the trades and created prosperous lives for…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzE_OILmCL8″][vc_column_text] Episode 3 of “FutureWork” premiere yesterday on Fortune.com and Time.com. The episode, titled “Model of the Future,” focuses on a two-year technical program developed by Toyota in central Kentucky that combines real work experience for incoming employees with advanced training in the field of robotics and automation. As manufacturing jobs “re-shore” back to…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Inside Building 3 at General Electric’s massive Appliance Park, about a dozen high-powered robots pump their arms up and down as they shape stainless steel into tubs that line the inside of GE-made dishwashers. The only humans involved in the process are Greg Fentress, a white-haired maintenance technician who has worked for 24 years at…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Governor Jay Nixon stopped off in Troy, Missouri to talk jobs Wednesday. Highlighting the continued growth and impact of the auto industry in Missouri, the governor toured Toyota Bodine’s enhanced aluminum plant, which has hired nearly 110 workers over the past eight months. “Toyota Bodine’s expansion here in Troy is a prime example of the…

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[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1423751086688{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}” parallax_background=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was in San Antonio this week to see the progress of a partnership between the Alamo Colleges and Toyota Motor Manufacturing. St. Philip’s College houses the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program. Students who are accepted into the program get jobs with Toyota while in…

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