Ten grants, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 were awarded by NBT to community and technical colleges offering day camp experiences that introduce young people ages 12 to 18 to careers in manufacturing and engineering. Major sponsors of these camps are the CNA Foundation of Chicago, and San Francisco-based Corenet, Inc.
The 2013 grant winners (listed alphabetically by state) are:
• Northeast Alabama Community College, Rainsville, Ala.
• Chabot College, Hayward, Calif.
• Triton College, River Grove, Ill.
• Anoka Technical College, Anoka, Minn.
• Itawamba Community College, Tupelo, Miss.
• Manchester Community College, Manchester, N.H.
• Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, Va.
• Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wis. (3 programs)
• Moraine Park Technical College, West Bend, Wis. (Affiliate camp)
“There is a demand for highly-skilled professionals who can design, program, and operate technology, and we don’t see that demand subsiding for decades,” said Traci Tapani, NBT board chair and co-president of Wyoming Machine Inc., a metal fabrication services company in Stacy, Minn. “Creating a skilled manufacturing workforce is vital to the American economy, and it all starts with introducing young people to the career potential in this sector and providing an engaging hands-on experience. Inspiring youth to consider these trades will have a positive effect on graduation rates, increase the chance for them to earn a living wage, and create a more qualified workforce in the participating communities,”
“We’re making an investment in the manufacturing workforce. We need to increase the pool of available, highly skilled workers to address the skilled labor crisis as Baby Boomers retire. These camps provide youth with the exposure to vocational and technical trades that no longer exist in most public education systems. Introducing youth to well-paying, high-tech manufacturing careers will definitely improve future prospects for our economy,” said Edward Youdell, president & CEO of FMA and NBT.
The camps target middle- and high school-aged youth, exposing them to math, science and engineering principles, and giving them opportunities to tour companies, work directly with technology, and design and manufacture a product to take home with them.
Supporting these camps with CAD/CAM student edition software donations is SolidWorks Corporation.
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Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with nearly 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® tradeshow. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating;
CNA is the 7th largest U.S. commercial insurer providing insurance protection to more than one million businesses and professionals around the world. The CNA Foundation concentrates its support in programs designed to meet the education needs of children; assist and support children, youth and adults in developing vocational skills, and support economically disadvantaged children and families.
About Corenet, Inc.
CoreNet Global is the premier association for corporate real estate professionals. The northern California chapter of CoreNet supports the NBT camp program in the San Francisco Bay area.
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, providing intuitive, high-performing software that helps professionals design better products. Visit the company's Web site at www.solidworks.com.