The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing has joined a national effort aimed at informing students, parents and educators about opportunities in manufacturing.
It will be the first institution in West Virginia to participate in the Manufacturing Institutes’s “Dream It. Do It.” initiative, which fosters growth, innovation and jobs by building awareness of careers in manufacturing. The Manufacturing Institute is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Through the program, the institute will focus on activities that promote rewarding and exciting careers in industry through collaborations with its many partners in business, education and government.
More than 48,000 people are employed in manufacturing in West Virginia. The institute said manufacturers across the country are beginning o grapple with a shortage of skilled employees.
“We see firsthand the sparkle in the eyes of young students who use the latest technology, especially 3-D printing, and we recognize the importance of engaging young minds,” said Charlotte Weber, director and CEO of RCBI. “Now through ‘Dream It. Do It,’ we’ll extend our efforts to make them aware of exciting opportunities in new manufacturing — including a rewarding future, not just for their own personal careers but also for artists, designers, inventors and consumers.”
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