Shattering Paradigms: The National Model for Filling the Skills Gap
Since 2007, students have been making parts for paying customers! Cardinal Manufacturing is a student-run business that is developing future CNC machinists, welder/fabricators, engineers and related office staff. The program was designed as a localized way to address the skills gap in advanced manufacturing and to engage our students in meaningful education.
Students are exposed to the potential of manufacturing-related careers, sharpening their technical skills, and instilling the soft skills and professionalism that employers crave. The program is thriving, cash flow is strong and local manufacturers can now hire recent graduates who already have experience in meeting customer demands.
Cardinal Manufacturing has created a program that funds itself by doing work for area manufacturers as training material for the students – eliminating the barrier of unfunded technical training seen in school across the country. Equally important is the premise that the work is being done for profit. In this way, the school can buy materials for the projects and fund the purchase of new tooling and equipment. Donations of time and materials from area manufacturers round out the program, providing major equipment and keeping the program relevant to train the crucially important local workforce.
Benefits of Attending: During this plant tour event, ARPM Members will have the opportunity to examine the multiple ways manufacturing companies can engage the youth in their community in the industry, build up manufacturing education in schools, and potentially change the outlook of the looming skills gap.
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