U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin had an industrious day in the Kenosha area Wednesday. The freshman Democrat from Madison operated a laser engraver, carving her office’s slogan, “Fighting for Wisconsin!” into a refrigerator magnet, and she tried her hand at precision torque wrench use.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 4,800 high schools nationwide reported having at least one career academy. There are between 6,000 to 7,000 academies nationwide, according to the National Career Academy Coalition.
Executives representing some of the largest manufacturers in the U.S. urged community college presidents to reach out and form partnerships to help them train desperately needed middle skills workers. Middle skills workers fill positions that typically require more than a high school degree but less than a bachelor’s degree.
Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute, appeared before the Joint Economic Committee at a hearing on women in manufacturing. McNelly testified before the Committee that as the manufacturing industry continues to face a daunting skills gap and broken talent pipeline, we must consider other talent pools and increase diversity in the workplace.
For years now, U.S. educators have invested massive amounts of talent and money on two goals: preventing students from dropping out of high school and increasing the percentage of high school graduates who go on to college.