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Manufacturers are desperate to hire skilled, talented young people, but in some cases, students have an unfortunately outdated view of the now high-tech manufacturing workplace.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.