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The Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America Program Graduates Inaugural Class

Monday, March 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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AICC, through its membership in the Council of Manufacturing Associations, is pleased to present the "Manufacturing Economic Daily Newsletter” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS (NAM).

In a press release, the Manufacturing Institute (3/16) announced that its veteran’s training program, Heroes MAKE America, "graduated its inaugural class at Fort Riley, Kansas, and announced plans to expand the program to additional military installations beginning with Fort Hood.” The program "is a full-time career skills program launched in partnership with the US Army Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program and the USO Pathfinder Program aimed at closing the manufacturing skills gap by training our veterans with critical skills and placing them on a path towards a rewarding manufacturing career,” and it "arms transitioning service members with in-demand qualifications and industry-specific certifications needed for today’s manufacturing workforce.” The release added that "manufacturers highly value the core elements of military training that allow America’s soldiers to be the best in the world,” stating that "the teamwork, commitment to mission, communication and critical thinking skills that are essential to mission success are also essential to manufacturing.”

        The Topeka (KS) Capital-Journal (3/16, Chilson) reported that "the manufacturing industry is reaching out to soldiers leaving the military to combat workforce challenges through a pilot program at Fort Riley.” It quoted Lee stating that workforce issues are "the absolute No. 1 biggest business competitiveness concern for companies.” Lee added, "In the last five or six years, it’s always in the top three behind things like taxes and health care. The 4th quarter NAM quarterly survey put skilled workforce at the top.” Lee is further quoted saying that "we need more people with the right skill set,” adding that "the US military trains their personnel, and they do a great job of it.” Lee also emphasized that "other military bases have requested the program and a new one will launch at Fort Hood in Texas this summer.” Politico (3/16, Hesson) also reported that "the National Association of Manufacturers’ non-profit institute will hold a graduation ceremony today in Fort Riley, Kansas, for graduates of its Heroes Make America initiative.”es Make America initiative.”

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