|One of the most important responsibilities the government has is to help foster the conditions for sustainable growth and the creation of good jobs. The Obama Administration’s approach to manufacturing will do just this, unleashing innovation, helping workers prosper, and fostering some of the most important industries of the future. (From “A Framework for Revitalizing American Manufacturing,” a report on federal policy designed to support an evolving industry. |
On December 16, 2009, the Executive Office of the President of the United States released the document, “A Framework for Revitalizing American Manufacturing,” an analysis report that provides key facts and assumptions that form the basis for development of sound and comprehensive federal policy to support a successful U.S. manufacturing industry in today’s global economy. Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert was working behind-the-scenes supporting the pivotal role of higher education in a successful manufacturing workforce to be considered in the policymaking.
In October of 2008 Lambert was one of 25 education leaders from across the country to be named to a national council to help develop national strategies to keep the American manufacturing workforce globally competitive and to create more high-paying jobs. As a charter member of the Education Council, selected by the Manufacturing Institute, the research, education and workforce arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Lambert and his fellow team members helped shape major educational and workforce development initiatives to close the skills gap and to help young people and transitioning workers find new careers in the manufacturing economy.
“Community colleges were chosen as the delivery system because they have a successful track record,” said Emily DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute and former U.S. assistant secretary of labor for employment and training. “They have taken the lead in adapting their postsecondary education to meet industry needs in their regional economies.”
Council members were appointed to focus on issues as wide-ranging as identifying solutions to address the adult literacy crisis, designing regional manufacturing talent development systems, creating 21st century career and technical education programs and advancing innovation in the manufacturing economy.
In May of 2009, Shoreline was selected as one of four colleges to receive National Manufacturing Institute grant funding through the Gates Foundation to fund a pilot program to implement the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-endorsed Manufacturing Skills
Certification System. The integrated educational program prepares students with entry-level skills to succeed in advanced manufacturing careers. The grant funds will focus on low-income young adults and transitioning workers.
“In these difficult economic times, we must create new educational pathways to help more individuals prepare for high-paying manufacturing jobs and, in turn, help our companies compete in world markets,” said DeRocco.