North Carolina and its local communities are in the midst of a manufacturing renaissance.
For the past year, the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University has been working to focus policymakers on the opportunities for business and job creation in next generation manufacturing. Beginning in May, IEI turned its attention to working with communities across the state on how to better align the needs of manufacturing businesses with North Carolina’s educational systems. With the help of statewide partners at the NC Association of County commissioners, NC Cooperative Extension, and the NC Community College System, IEI has co-hosted community forums bringing together over 400 manufacturers, educators, city and county officials and other community leaders.
These county-level conversations have yielded strategies and ideas across three primary themes: rebranding, work-based learning, and community networks. Now it’s time to connect communities who have been engaged in these manufacturing-education alignment conversations.
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Webinar: Lessons Learned and Follow Up for Communities
IEI hosted a Google Hangout discussion on Friday, September 6, 2013 where we provided information on how to engage and connect with other communities through the Emerging Issues Commons, shared alignment best practices from communities like yours, and hosted a panel discussion of experts leading alignment efforts across the country. The panel, moderated by IEI Director Anita Brown-Graham, included:
Carol King representing Mass-TEC, a program from Quinsigamond Community College formed to rebrand manufacturing among teachers, counselors, career advisors and families on advanced manufacturing career paths
Carla Whitlock from Apprenticeship Carolina, an employer-sponsored training program for South Carolina businesses, including manufacturers, to have access to information they need to create apprenticeship programs
Dan Swinney of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council highlighting their work launching the nationally acclaimed Austin Polytechnical Academy, a public college and career prep high school with a mission to educate the next generation of leaders in all aspects of manufacturing (including skilled production, engineering, management, and company ownership).
Want to learn more about other community forums and reach out to those who participated? Click here for a list of counties who hosted a forum as well as each contact person.
Join the conversation in the Emerging Issues Commons. We encourage you to rate the strategies, comment on or add new ideas, and share ways in which you’re taking action in your community. For additional information on how to access the manufacturing alignment work in the Commons, click here.