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MEATA 2013 Spring Conference Files

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MEATA's 2013 Spring Conference, held May 15-17 at the Treetops Sylvan Resort in Gaylord, was a huge success, with over 50 professionals from across the state in attendance.

Presentation topics included:

  • MDOT: Apprenticeships - Our Way Forward
  • Charlevoix-Emmet ISD Manufacturing Partnership
  • Delta College Accelerated CNC Machinist Program
  • Qualifying for Veteran Training Funds Use
  • The Manufacturing Skills Mismatch Debate
  • MAT2 Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program Pilot
  • DOL Pre-Apprenticeship Update
  • Where is the Money for Registered Apprenticeship Training?
  • Michigan Merit Curriculum Legislative Update

Copies of the presentations are posted here!

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 16:24
 

JCB tackles skills issue with apprenticeship program

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The following article by Mary Carr Mayle appears in the Savannah Morning News:

John Patterson, president of Savannah-based JCB Inc., is nothing if not vocal about the problems he and other manufacturers have had finding skilled employees.

“Twenty-five years ago, manufacturing comprised 28 percent of our (gross domestic product),” Patterson said recently. “Currently, it’s 12 percent. The erosion of manufacturing meant fewer people were being employed and trained.

“Now, with the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation, that statistic is coming back to bite us.”

On average today, one skilled worker is trained for every four boomers retiring, Patterson said.

“Add to that the emphasis on college as the ultimate goal and the perception of manufacturing as dark, dirty, low-wage work, and it should come as no surprise that we have serious skills issues,” he said.

To read the complete article, visit the Savannah Morning News site!

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 July 2012 17:12
 

Presentations/Links from 2012 Fall Drive-In

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There were lots of great presentations at the MEATA 2012 Fall Drive-in Conference. If you missed the event or want copies of the Powerpoints and other documents from the event, you've come to the right place!

The event opened with a showing of the Edge Factor's "Metal & Flesh" film preview video that focuses on the incredible story of an innovative engineer/manufacturer who has "redefined what is possible" in the realm of prosthetics. (Watch for the film's release in 2013!). Here's a link to the Edge Factor website page where you can see the video for yourself: http://edgefactor.com/edgefactorshow/episode3

Next up was Russ Davis, State Director for the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship, who provided a National Perspective on the State of Apprenticeships. Download his presentation.

Brad Erickson from the Capital Area Career Center provided an excellent overview of the processes, challenges and opportunities faced by Career/Tech Centers around the state related to integration of high school academic credits into CTE courses. Download his presentation.

John Hartwell, Apprentice Coordinator and Field Rep with IUOE Local 324 provided an overview of current legislation being proposed in Lansing designed to impact the High School Core Requirements. These include:

Senate Bill 1013 and House Bill 5645
Education; curricula; opt-out provision for foreign language and algebra II requirements for high school diploma; provide for pupils meeting certain alternative requirements. Amends sec. 1278a of 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1278a).
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2012-SB-1013
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2012-HB-5645

Senate Bill 0997 and House Bill 5451
Education; graduation requirements; Michigan merit curriculum; revise. Amends secs. 1278a & 1278b of 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1278a & 380.1278b). Includes credits for CTE "technical math" and "work-based learning" options.
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2012-SB-0997
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2012-HB-5451

House Bill 5456
Education; graduation requirements; completion of certain vocational technical or career and technical education in lieu of certain state high school diploma requirements; allow. Amends secs. 1278a & 1278b of 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1278a & 380.1278b).
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2012-HB-5456

NOTE: You can follow these and other bills via the Michigan Legislative website, a free service of the Michigan Legislative Council, the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate. The site allows you to search for bills from current and prior sessions and Public Acts (bills passed into law). The site can also automatically e-mail you legislative updates based on keywords, sponsoring legislators or categories (such as Education, graduation requirements and Education, career and technical).

Last but not least, Patty Adolfs from the Oakland County ISD could not attend the event but put together a great AdobeConnect presentation with lots of tips on how manufacturers (and really any industry representatives) can work successfully with K-12 educators and adminstrators. View her presentation. (Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or higher required.) 

Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2012 16:50
 

Obama Releases Blueprint for Transforming CTE

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held an event at Des Moines Area Community College to release and promote Investing in America's Future: A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education.  This iconBlueprint outlines the Obama Administration's proposal for reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.  The plan focuses on increased collaboration between secondary and post-secondary schools and institutions; better alignment with industry to ensure training meets occupational demand; the establishment of common performance measures; and competitive funding opportunities to reward success and innovation. Don't have time to read the entire document? Grab the icon Blueprint Summary instead!

Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2012 16:47
 

Registered Apprenticeship Highlighted on CNN

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The following video includes an interview with American University Economics Professor and Urban Institute Fellow Bob Lerman on CNN's 'Education Overtime." In the accompanying article (below the video) Lerman highlights the advantages of Registered Apprenticeship and promotes its expansion as a viable education and training option.

 

Below is the transcript of the article and accompanying interview which American University Economics Professor and Urban Institue Fellow Bob Lerman gave on CNN's "Education Overtime" - a seven week series that focuses on the conversations surrounding education issues that affect students, teachers, parents and the community.

If not college, then what?

(CNN) -- At dinner tables throughout the United States, there are tough conversations about the exploding cost of college, the rough job market, the pain of debt.

For parents and students, it adds up to the same question: Is college worth it?

But American University economics Professor Robert Lerman is asking something different: If college isn't worth it, what else is out there?

Lerman, an Urban Institute fellow, has studied youth unemployment for decades, and thinks the United States ought to try an updated version of an old technique for education and employment: apprenticeships.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 February 2012 13:04
 

Michigan Today: A Wakeup Call for Manufacturing

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A wakeup call for manufacturing
BY TERRY KOSDROSKY
April 19, 2012

A recent uptick in U.S. manufacturing has optimists hoping to end the lost decade that saw steep employment drops across the sector.

Today, productivity is up, a relatively cheap dollar is boosting exports, and the wage gap between the U.S. and China is shrinking. Some companies are even repatriating operations from overseas.

But a huge portion of U.S. manufacturing—as much as 40 percent, experts project—hangs in the balance as firms assess whether to stay in the country or move elsewhere. It all comes down to pending policy decisions, according to a study by the University of Michigan's Tauber Institute for Global Operations and consulting firm Booz & Co.

[To read the rest of the article, check out the article posted at the University of Michigan's Michigan Today.
URL: http://michigantoday.umich.edu/story.php?id=8217 ]

 

PBS NewsHour Piece on Mfg Jobs

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PBS NewsHour recently posed the question "How Many Manufacturing Jobs Can the U.S. Realistically Maintain?"

As President Obama and GOP presidential candidates talk about reviving the U.S. manufacturing sector in hopes of creating jobs, how realistic is that goal in the face of continued outsourcing and machines filling jobs once held by humans? Ray Suarez speaks with three experts about the challenges and demand for skilled workers. Watch How Many Manufacturing Jobs Can U.S. Realistically Maintain? on PBS.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2012 14:43
 


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Apprenticeship Trivia

The first U.S. legislation promoting an organized system of apprenticeship was enacted in Wisconsin in 1911 and amended soon after to require that all apprentices attend classroom instruction five hours a week in addition to learning on-the-job.