After decades of pushing bachelor's degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople
California is spending $6 million on a campaign to revive the reputation of vocational education, and $200 million to improve the delivery of it.
Waupaca Foundry awards local scholarships
Waupaca Foundry recently awarded $36,000 in scholarships across the U.S. and $9,000 to Tennessee Valley area graduating high school seniors. Two are children of Waupaca Foundry employees. The iron casting foundry awarded six scholarships to students attending either a four-year college or two-year technical school.
Help wanted: Manufacturers hiring even as overall job numbers decline
Even as the number of manufacturing jobs has fallen, many Wisconsin companies say they’re having a hard time filling positions that increasingly call for advanced skills.
Finding ways to partner Waupaca High School students with area businesses is not a new idea. However, it now has a new name. The school district is calling it Waupaca Works.
Gigante, Miskinis Honored With Industry Awards at AFS Metalcasting Congress
The annual AFS award winners have been announced by the AFS Board of Awards for presentation at Metalcasting Congress in Milwaukee, April 25-27. Retired CEO Gary M. Gigante received the Peter L. Simpson Gold Medal for long-term contributions to the sustainability of the metalcasting industry through environmental stewardship, technological advances, and the development of people in the industry. He was endorsed for the award by Waupaca Foundry suppliers, customers, employees, educational partners, industry peers, and past award winners. Waupaca Foundry Director of Research and Process Development Gregory Miskinis received the Award of Scientific Merit for major contributions to the metalcasting industry through industrial research, mentoring newcomers to the industry, and service to the Northeastern Wisconsin chapter of AFS. Greg formally accepted the 2017 award on April 27 at the 121st Metalcasting Congress president's luncheon and annual business meeting.
New careers in coding
The need for people in careers with skills in Information Technology (IT) including computer support specialist, help desk support specialist, network specialist, network systems administration, software developer and web development and design specialist, is growing. That demand extends to the manufacturing sector including iron casting and component suppliers.
Teens build boat and learn about skilled trades
Two nonprofits teach Milwaukee teens craftsmanship skills to address the decline in skilled trade workers. The B2L board decided to start with a construction-based project because that is where demands are the highest. However, the program also will provide students with a strong foundation for manufacturing jobs, said Danny Goldberg, B2L board executive. In the aftermath of the financial crisis and housing collapse, the construction industry saw a dip in employment. As the economy recovered, companies such as C.G. Schmidt struggled to find experienced workers.
Skilled Workers Are Scarce in Tight Labor Market
Small U.S. manufacturers say skilled workers are scarce, forcing them to spend more to find and train specialized employees, as unemployment hovers near a nine-year low. Nearly two-thirds of small businesses are spending more time training workers than they were a year ago, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal and Vistage International, a San Diego executive-advisory group. That could give more Americans access to skilled manufacturing jobs as companies invest the time and resources to bring in less-experienced workers.
Jobs at Auto Parts Manufacturers Have Increased 19 Percent
DURHAM, NC—Manufacturing jobs at automotive suppliers have risen nearly 19 percent in the United States since 2012, according to a study released today by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). More than 871,000 Americans are directly employed by the automotive parts manufacturing industry. This number, which is up from 734,000 in 2012, represents 2.9 percent of total U.S. jobs and 2.4 percent of U.S. gross domestic product.
Student spotlight: Hannah Fudge
When I started college, I developed a deeper love for math and science, which is an encouragement to continue on my degree path. As a chemical engineer, I will use my science background to problem-solve and think on my feet in a production or design setting. I do not know the options I will have as an engineer, but right now, what I love most about my degree path is learning more about how the world works through chemistry and math.
FEF establishes first-ever endowed faculty chair at UW-Plateville
Brian Lewis is the Executive Director of the Foundry Educational Foundation, an organization established in 1947 that strengthens the metalcasting industry by fostering partnerships between educational institutions and industry to ensure today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.
Waupaca Foundry Graduates Fill Skills Gap
Seventeen Waupaca Foundry employees graduated from a pilot program designed to develop skills required for high demand electrical maintenance positions. The program was funded by a state of Wisconsin Fast Forward grant designed to train current employees at eleven Wisconsin businesses, one of which is Waupaca Foundry. The program was funded by $229,000 from state grants and a $330,000 match from participating employers.
NEW Manufacturing Alliance announces award winners
The Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance will present six companies, four educators and three educational organizations with Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards during its annual awards dinner Oct. 21 at the KI Convention Center. In the manufacturing categories, Laminations/Great Northern Corp. will receive the Brighter Image Award and Cut G. Joa Inc. will receive the Educational Partnerships Award. Georgia-Pacific will receive the Leadership Award and Waupaca Foundry will receive the Innovation Award. The Vollrath Company's Paul Bartelt will receive the Visionary Award and Kohler Co. will receive the Youth Apprenticeship Award.