number of people trying to make a difference for the common good in this country. There is such a dramatic need for the next generation of manufacturing employees and managers. It will take an army to create the excitement and a buzz, for not only young people to pursue engineering and manufacturing related career paths, but also the parents, mentors, influencers and guidance counselors to encourage and allow them to do such. I see several ways to accomplish this goal.
may. I founded ChampionNow! for that exact purpose. Change How Advanced Manufacturing’s Perceived In Our Nation — NOW! We need to put a positive spin on what people think to be a dark, dingy and depressing career sector. Instead there lies a world full of high technology, computerization and automation—one that desperately requires decision makers, problem solvers, and the most innovative minds. Manufacturing prominence needs a whole new persona. The general public needs to view it as the valuable asset, i.e., rather than the liability that people perceive it to be.
needs to be just one of many chants in the hallways of high schools. We need AP Engineering and AP Manufacturing tracks for young people to pursue. Manufacturing today is not what it was long ago. Computerization and automation is becoming more the norm, rather than a theory. These are highly challenging positions that need innovative thinkers and problem solvers. Those that excel in math and science and are good with their hands will lead.
What a positive message to tell those whom are not aware of the reality of what manufacturing careers have to offer. Let’s all Champion the cause. Let’s all become a ChampionNow!
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