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Workshops for Warriors Boosted This Veteran's Earnings  - Enhancing His Life

Workshops for Warriors Boosted This Veteran's Earnings - Enhancing His Life

Category: Smartforce Nov 9, 2021

For decades he lived paycheck to paycheck. Now he provides hands-on training in CNC machining for other veterans. U.S. Army Veteran Randall Uerkvitz’s career and life improved after advanced manufacturing training in the Workshops for Warriors (WFW) program.

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Homegrown Talent: Wisconsin Job Shop Carries on Tradition of Apprenticeships

Homegrown Talent: Wisconsin Job Shop Carries on Tradition of Apprenticeships

Category: Smartforce Nov 8, 2021

JTD Enterprises, a machine shop in Chilton, Wisconsin, takes the long view. To ensure a steady supply of talent, it works with local high schools and technical colleges to foster machinist apprentices. As a result, it has a highly skilled workforce that gives it a competitive edge. 

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Academy of Advanced Manufacturing Provides Free Training for U.S. Veterans

Academy of Advanced Manufacturing Provides Free Training for U.S. Veterans

Category: Smartforce Nov 8, 2021

Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup teamed up to codevelop the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing to provide U.S. military veterans with training and skills to find employment in the industry. The 12-week training program is free, including housing, and it consists of both hands-on labs and classroom-based learning. We check in with a recent graduate. 

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The Midlife Machinist: It's Never too Late for a Career Change

The Midlife Machinist: It's Never too Late for a Career Change

Category: Smartforce Nov 8, 2021

Never Too Late for a Career Change 

It’s risky to make a major career change for a middle-aged laborer with two children and a mortgage. But Bernie did it successfully, thanks to a machinist apprenticeship at the local technical college and hands-on work at a nearby machine shop. 

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Precision Machining is this Young Woman's Happy Place

Precision Machining is this Young Woman's Happy Place

Category: Smartforce Nov 8, 2021

An impersonal workplace led Cassie to leave a large manufacturer and find a friendly work environment at JTD Enterprises, a small family-owned machine shop. As a registered apprentice with the state of Wisconsin, JTD pays for all Cassie’s schooling while she learns a great career and works full time. 

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Teen Jump-Starts Engineering Career with Machinist Apprenticeship

Teen Jump-Starts Engineering Career with Machinist Apprenticeship

Category: Smartforce Nov 8, 2021

To prepare for a future career in mechanical engineering, Brandon is learning a valuable lesson in designing for manufacturability as a youth apprentice in a job shop. This high school junior is enjoying hands-on machine work and earning a decent apprentice wage while his peers are working in fast food. 

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Industry-Approved Training on RoboticsCareer.org

Industry-Approved Training on RoboticsCareer.org

Category: Smartforce Sep 27, 2021

Are you a manufacturer who needs some employees trained for robotics applications? RoboticsCareer.org is a new national resource connecting workers and employers with vetted training programs in robotics for manufacturing. Search by location, organization, educational institution, and more. Updated daily, the database includes about 10,000 programs from nearly 1,200 organizations. 

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Get Paid to Build and Break Things?

Get Paid to Build and Break Things?

Category: Smartforce Sep 7, 2021

Sign Karen Taminger up. For the last 35 years, Taminger has been a materials research engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and her research has led to  developments that are advancing manufacturing efficiency, including how to solve the challenge to 3D print metals in outer space.

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$90 Million in Grants to Support Training, Employment Services for Workers Displaced by Pandemic

$90 Million in Grants to Support Training, Employment Services for Workers Displaced by Pandemic

Category: Smartforce Aug 20, 2021

On Aug. 19, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of an increased $90 million in Career National Dislocated Worker Grants. Engage your local workforce system to apply by Aug. 31.

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Where Do You Find Your Emerging Workforce?

Where Do You Find Your Emerging Workforce?

Category: Smartforce Aug 18, 2021

SkillsUSA and its industry Career Cluster sponsors support 100 skilled trades including programs and competitions in CNC machining, welding, mechatronics, additive manufacturing, cybersecurity, and robotics and automation technology. Learn more about their National Championship featuring a 5-axis CNC demo competition.

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AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and Gardner Business Media Announce Joint Venture showcasing manufacturing technology

AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and Gardner Business Media Announce Joint Venture showcasing manufacturing technology

Category: Smartforce Aug 10, 2021

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and Gardner Business Media (GBM) announce the launch of MT United, a joint venture of the two leading organizations to empower North American manufacturers with data, analysis, and strategic information for accelerated growth, innovation, and global competitiveness. MT United encompasses the entirety of manufacturing technology (MT) through industry-focused events, expansive media content, data and market intelligence products, coverage of IMTS – The International Technology Show, and public/private investment opportunities.

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Manufacturing Tech Ed Centers - Coming to a College Near You

Manufacturing Tech Ed Centers - Coming to a College Near You

Category: Smartforce Jul 22, 2021

Success begets success. As communities experience the positive impact of advanced manufacturing businesses and the jobs they create, they allocate more funds to enhance local manufacturing technology education centers with new facilities and equipment. From Illinois to North Carolina, here’s the scoop on four new centers underway. 

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Be a Champion for Underserved STEM Students

Be a Champion for Underserved STEM Students

Category: Smartforce Jan 6, 2021

Need to make good on your New Year’s resolution to exercise? Join the virtual Miles For Manufacturing (M4M) event sponsored by IMTS. Now through March, you can move any way you like (ice skate, ski, sled) to support STEM students. All funds help support community-based organizations that champion under-represented, under-served students who participate in STEM and robotics programs in schools. 

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American Precision Museum Inspires Spirit of Invention

American Precision Museum Inspires Spirit of Invention

Category: Smartforce Dec 9, 2020

Just as a machine tool lays the groundwork for countless new parts, the American Precision Museum lays the foundation for inspiring the next generation of advanced manufacturers. Find out how offer hands-on activities with traditional and high-tech machines to foster and careers in advanced manufacturing.

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Preserve Your Industry’s Story — Support The American Precision Museum

Preserve Your Industry’s Story — Support The American Precision Museum

Category: Smartforce Dec 3, 2020

The innovation that makes our world possible was developed by you, your families, and the manufacturers who came before us. Help us preserve the knowledge, stories, and manufacturing equipment for future generations to know how new technology enabled precision manufacturing.
Donate Now!

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Robots Help Manufacturers Attract and Retain Skilled Workers

Robots Help Manufacturers Attract and Retain Skilled Workers

Category: Smartforce Nov 3, 2020

Skilled laborers have their pick of available jobs in today’s market, so employers need to set themselves apart from all the rest to attract and keep good workers. Incorporating robotic automation on the shop floor allows manufacturers to improve conditions for workers, give laborers a more satisfying work experience, and create a growth environment where everyone benefits. 

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Tech Ed Students Using Skills to Fight Covid-19

Tech Ed Students Using Skills to Fight Covid-19

Category: Smartforce Jun 26, 2020

Students around the world are putting their CAD-CAM, 3D printing, and metal cutting skills to work making a variety of equipment including respirator masks, ventilator components, and face shields 

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FLORIDA’S NEW SPACE COAST APPRENTICESHIPS TAKE OFF

FLORIDA’S NEW SPACE COAST APPRENTICESHIPS TAKE OFF

Category: Smartforce May 19, 2020

Despite some setbacks due to the COVID-19 health crisis, nine young men and women will finish their first academic year of Florida’s new Space Coast Consortium Apprenticeship Program. In two years they’ll finish debt-free with a technical degree, relevant work experience, and the promise of a full-time position.

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IMTS Exhibitors and Others Donate $4,500 to STEM Programs

IMTS Exhibitors and Others Donate $4,500 to STEM Programs

Category: Smartforce Apr 3, 2020

Even though the Miles for Manufacturing (M4M) 5K Run/Walk, scheduled for April 2 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was cancelled, its sponsors insisted their donations still be used for programs that prepare students for careers in manufacturing technology. Since its inception at IMTS 2014, M4M has raised nearly $97,000 for students in the MT space.

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Advanced Skills for an Advancing Industry

Advanced Skills for an Advancing Industry

Category: Smartforce Mar 16, 2020

To meet the local business demand for skilled employees, Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) in Albany, N.Y., opened the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) to double enrollment for high-tech manufacturing.  Professors, students, and business owners are already reaping the rewards of the new training being taught.

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