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Women in MFG: STEP initiative inspires the East BayPosted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 27, 2017
Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap in California. Part of this gap is the underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 47 percent of the entire labor force, only about 29 percent make up the manufacturing workforce.
The Manufacturing Institute launched the STEP (Science Technology, Engineering & Production) Ahead Initiative five years ago to honor and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry. One of their many networking events came to San Leandro this week with two panels of female executives to discuss how to attract the next generation to the industry.
CMTA members Pamela Kan of Bishop-Wisecarver and Hannah Kain of Alom moderated the panels. The panels featured highly successful operations run by females and promoted different ways in which we can attract millennials.
The event successfully drove home the initiative's motto -- It only takes one to inspire another to follow an exciting and rewarding career path in manufacturing. The STEP program is the single largest initiative for women in manufacturing and CMTA is proud of the effort and our members who are inspiring the next generation of manufacturers.
Watch event video here
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Career Tech Ed: Project Lead the Way gives CA great hopePosted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 23, 2017
This month CMTA toured one of California's true Career Technical Education gems and announced our partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) - a nationwide program that helps students explore career paths, engage in problem solving and process thinking, develop hands-on technical knowledge, and build communication skills. CMTA is proud to partner with PLTW because manufacturers know firsthand the importance of these skills in the development of our workforce, especially as so many of our workers are retiring.
CMTA's launch and tour brought us to Antelope High School where we saw the program's tremendously inspired students, as well as two teachers making a big impact on student lives through the PLTW program.
Antelope has been tremendoudsly successful in engaging students on multiple levels, exposing them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and providing them with a foundation and proven path to career and/or college. They currently feature all three hands-on project-based PLTW pathways: engineering, biomedical sciences, and computer science.
PLTW is highly effective at matching regional employer needs with a pipeline of teachers who want to inspire students to go beyond the books and work with their hands. Funding however is always critical. It is expensive to train teachers and often costly to purchase equipment. Career tech incentive grants in California have been an important tool to do both, so an extension of those grants in 2018 is an important part of CMTA's agenda and can help PLTW succeed.
Manufacturers and other industries can benefit from the great work that PLTW is doing. If you'd like to tour any schools in your area please let us know.
You can see some Antelope H.S. tour highlights in the short video HERE.
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