New Grant Program Provides Pathways to Advanced Manufacturing Careers

NIMS, Gene Haas Foundation, and Edge Factor announced a new partnership to provide schools and training centers with cutting edge educational materials to inspire students and provide pathways to advanced manufacturing careers.

NIMS, Gene Haas Foundation, and Edge Factor announced a new partnership to provide schools and training centers with cutting edge educational materials to inspire students and provide pathways to advanced manufacturing careers.                                         

Through the Inspire Grant Program, schools will receive funding towards eduFactor memberships, providing them access to an extensive library of cinematic films and TV series; CTE, STEM and event resources; hands-on CNC and 3D printing; and other interactive activities.

“With 3.5 million manufacturing jobs needing to be filled over the next-decade, our economic competitiveness depends on preparing today’s students for current and future jobs,” said Gene Haas Foundation’s Kathy Looman.

A recent survey found that only 30 percent of Americans believe that schools encourage students to pursue manufacturing careers and that only 1 in 3 parents encourage their children to consider a career in manufacturing. The resources available in eduFACTOR, which is produced by Edge Factor, will directly address this perception by helping educators make manufacturing careers and technology relevant and exciting to students and their parents.

Through funding from Gene Haas Foundation, up to 500 schools will receive full access to eduFactor.

For more information about the Inspire Grant or to access an application, please visit http://nimsready.org/inspire-grant/.