Closing the skills gap: Grant to help build competitive workforce


Washington, DC —A half-million dollar grant to a manufacturing organization seeks to bring higher education opportunities to more people. The Lumina Foundation awarded $538,000 to the Manufacturing Institute/Center for Workforce Success (the research and education arm of the National Association of Manufacturers ) and its partners for Business Champions , an initiative to catalyze business leadership to support policies that expand educational opportunities aimed at building a competitive U.S. workforce. The efforts could lead to smarter designs and implementations of instrumentation, motors and drives, and other automation technologies.

Business Champions will work with the American Association of Community Colleges and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce to promote policies that improve access, affordability, and success for postsecondary students, and expand opportunities to prepare for good jobs to people of all ages and backgrounds.

"It's a critical time for business leaders to speak out and support efforts to improve greater student access to and success in college," said John Engler, NAM president. "Globally engaged employers in America are in the fight of their lives for skilled talent. With the baby boom generation retiring, the shortage of skilled employees for today's high tech workplace is growing worse every year."

According to Martha D. Lamkin, Lumina Foundation president and CEO, the U.S. has already lost its position as the world's most educated nation and that reports suggest the low skill level of the American workforce is a real and pressing problem. Business leaders, policymakers, higher education officials, and employers are expected to work together with these organizations to make higher education more affordable and align course offerings more closely with the demands of 21st century employers.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Controller programming; Safety networks; Enclosure design; Power quality; Safety integrity levels; Increasing process efficiency
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me