In Nebraska, a Drive for Manufacturing Skills

By September 8, 2006Economy

Today is the exciting roll-out in Lincoln, Neb., of the statewide program, “Dream It. Do It.” (News story here. Nebraska background here.)

We’ll report more about this event throughout the weekend, but in short, “Dream It. Do It.” is a program developed by NAM and our research arm, The Manufacturing Institute, to build interest in young people in manufacturing.

Manufacturers are desperate to hire skilled, talented young people, but in some cases, students have an unfortunately outdated view of the now high-tech manufacturing workplace. “Dream It. Do It.” highlights the tremendous potential in the manufacturing sector. And, through a broad coalition of manufacturers, government leaders, economic development experts, educators and STUDENTS, “Dream It. Do It.” helps students gain the skills they need to succeed.

The full list of participants in this afternoon’s news conference is in the news story above — Governor Dave Heineman and our boss, NAM President John Engler are heading it up — but we take special note of the involvement of Tony Raimondo of Columbus, Neb. Tony heads Behlen Manufacturing, is an NAM board member, and has taken on the challenge of leading Dream It. Do It. in Nebraska. Kansas City has sponsored a successful regional pilot project, but today marks the first statewide venture. Thanks all. And lots more to come.

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  • I think this is a fabulous idea… but how do we address the fact that many many schools (K-12) have dropped Vocational/ Technical training programs from the curriculum in favor of trying to prep everyone for college? While I do think the opportunity for college should be available to everyone, not everyone is suited for college, and in fact some of the smartest people I know are not college grads, but rather work in some trade as one of those “highly skilled” workers everyone says we need more of.

    It’s time we as a nation started thinking about education in a broader perspective, and prepare our young people for post high school life whether they go to college or not.