13. June 2012
New College Program Hopes to Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing
It is refreshing to see manufacturers and suppliers supporting the moldmaking industry through efforts to revitalize U.S. manufacturing. Siemens PLM Software just launched a community college best practice program, developed in conjunction with Iowa Western Community College (IWCC), to provide resources to interested community colleges and local manufacturers—including a recommended associate’s degree curriculum, a guide for obtaining in-kind software grants to provide the technology needed for implementation, and a detailed white paper, titled Community Colleges Revitalize Manufacturing, outlining the process for building a successful academic, government and business partnership for the program’s execution.
This program provides a two-year, fast-track curriculum, developed by an advisory board of academia and industry, with an emphasis on upgrading incumbent worker skills as well as training dislocated and minority-categorized workers. The curriculum introduces individuals to product design and development software technology used by many of the world’s leading manufacturing, architectural and construction companies.
Wouldn’t it be something to see other manufacturers and suppliers initiate similar efforts?