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CTE: Growing the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

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August 19, 2013

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CTE: Growing the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

ACTE has launched the first in our new Sector Sheet series, CTE: The Key to Economic Development in Advanced Manufacturing, which explores advanced manufacturing career opportunities and describes CTE's role in growing the qualified workforce for advanced manufacturing.

Despite media attention on manufacturing job losses, 2 million job openings in manufacturing are expected through 2018 and the industry remains a major player in the U.S. economy. The manufacturing sector has also been vulnerable to skills gaps. According to a survey of U.S. manufacturers, 67 percent reported a moderate to severe shortage of talent.

As you'll read in the Sector Sheet, careers in advanced manufacturing not only encompass technical occupations such as machinists, but also many other occupations such as business administrators and computer technicians. CTE prepares high school, postsecondary and adult students for these careers through a variety of courses in Career Clusters® and pathways such as manufacturing, STEM and business management and administration; work-based learning experiences such as school-based businesses as well as apprenticeships on-site at manufacturing facilities; career and technical student organization experiences; and opportunities to earn stackable credentials, such as those available under the National Association of Manufacturers-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.

Future Sector Sheets will be released later this year for industry sectors such as health care and energy. We encourage you to share these advocacy tools with industry, policymakers and education leaders to illustrate how CTE supports specific industries.

In related news, the Manufacturing Institute has begun recognizing excellence in manufacturing education. The M-List distinguishes U.S. schools that are preparing workers up to industry standards in advanced manufacturing.

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