27. August 2015
New, innovative ways of teaching the hard and soft skills of manufacturing at the high school level are necessary to help fill our skilled workforce gap. Developing a program that functions as a student-run manufacturing business is one such method. It involves students managing real customers, making real products, meeting real deadlines, facing real day-to-day manufacturing challenges, while making real money in the process. Students are responsible for meeting with customers, ordering material and tooling, quoting, manufacturing, invoicing, shipping, maintenance, marketing, and all other aspects of running a business. The company also brings in money that can be used to support the program and pay students profit sharing. This method allows students to make an informed decision about their career paths. You will learn from Cardinal Manufacturing founder and instructor Craig Ceigleski, as well as from the leader of a replica program in Hurley, Wisconsin, how to help establish and support this type of teaching in your local district to fill the skills gap within your own shops.
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