Great Lakes Manufacturing Council

30 Nominated for Great Lakes Manufacturing Council's Talented Workforce Initiative

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Ed Wolking
Executive Vice President, Detroit Regional Chamber
and President, GLMCouncil

P. 313-964-4000 / 313-596-0304
C. 313-909-0832

30 Nominated for Great Lakes Manufacturing Council’s Talented Workforce Initiative

Detroit, March 17, 2014
.  Thirty programs throughout the bi-national Great Lakes region have been nominated for recognition by the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council as benchmarks for its Talented Workforce Initiative. All of them will be recognized on June 12 in Detroit at The Big M event celebrating the resurgence of manufacturing, and four will be presented with top awards.

“It is a truly impressive list of nominees and proof that educators and trainers are striving to meet the demands of a manufacturing sector rapidly transforming into knowledge-based enterprises,” said Ed Wolking, Jr., President of the Council.

The Council created its Talented Workforce Initiative to identify the most imaginative and effective solutions for building the region’s pool of manufacturing talent. The goal of the Council’s far-ranging outreach is to share the best ideas and approaches for resolving a critical workforce shortage issue that threatens nearly all manufacturers and communities in the bi-national Great Lakes economy.

The 30 Great Lakes nominations included programs in cities in seven states and two provinces, as well as four US and Canadian national programs. Characteristics of the successful and promising initiatives included their ability to:

  • Recruit or attract talented workers
  • Train or educate new workers
  • Retrain incumbent workers
  • Retrain displaced workers

    Skills shortages are one of the primary challenges facing many manufacturers.  Manufacturing is the cornerstone of the Great Lakes economy and is intrinsic to its success.   Manufacturing makes the Great Lakes trading area home to the world’s fourth largest economy, with a combined annual output of nearly $6 trillion.

    The Council has also been supporting the widespread adoption of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Certification process, designed to lead to a higher-skilled, more productive workforce.

    “These programs represent the breadth of initiatives to meet the looming workforce crisis in communities throughout the region,” Wolking continued.  “They can serve as beacons for programs throughout the region.”  To help spread the knowledge these programs provide, the Council will host a reception and best practices workshop after the awards presentation.

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    List of Nominees 
    Program Name Sponsor Name City State or Prov

    Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Hoffman Estates IL
    Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership OAI, Inc. Chicago IL
    Austin Polytechnical Academy Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council Chicago IL
    Ivy Tech Machine Tool Institute Ivy Tech Community College South Bend IN
    Advancing Manufacturing Ivy Tech Corporate College, City of Lafayette, IN , Lafayette IN
    Indiana Manufacturers Skills Academy Indiana Manufacturers Association Indianapolis IN
    Workforce Intelligence Network Workforce Intelligence Network Detroit MI
    Manufacturing, Defense & Aerospace Workforce Training and Education Grants Macomb Community College - Engineering & Advanced Technology Warren MI
    Accelerated CNC/Machinist Program Delta College University Center MI
    The Academy for Manufacturing Careers Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Jackson MI
    Manufacturing Technologies OE/OE Program West Shore Community College Scottville MI
    Char-Em ISD summer work program Char-Em ISD Charlevoix MI
    Manufacturing Boot Camp Alexandria Technical and Community College Alexandria MN
    Machine Tool Technology Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park MN
    Manufacturing Assessment and Advancement Center (MAAC) Hennepin Technical College Eden Prairie MN
    360 Degree Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence Bemidji State University BEMIDJI MN
    Dream It Do It, Western New York Dream It Do It Western New York, Inc. Jamestown NY
    C-TEC, Stark State, and Ariel Corporation Training Program C-TEC (Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County) Newark OH
    WorkAdvance - Northeast Ohio Towards Employment Cleveland OH
    Bootcamp Gateway Technical College Kenosha WI
    Get Engaged! Nexen Group, Inc. Webster WI

    Tooling U-SME Society of Manufacturing Engineers  Based in Dearborn, MI National
    P.R.I.M.E. SME Education Foundation  Based in Dearborn, MI National
    Certified Production Technician (CPT) Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)  Based in Alexandria, VA National

    Talent Assessment Program Prevue HR Systems Kitchener Ontario
    Earn While You Learn (EWYL) Valiant Machine & Tool Inc. Windsor Ontario
    Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Greater Essex County District School Board Windsor Ontario
    BioSkills Recognition Program BioTalent Canada Ottawa Ontario
    Manufacturing Action Plan Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin Ayr Ontario
    Attract Qualified Foreign Workers Quebec International Quebec Quebec


    About the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council

    The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council is a bi-national organization dedicated to the success of manufacturing in the Great Lakes Region.  Membership in the Council is open to all who share that goal.  The Council covers the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, and the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  It is organized as a 501(c)3 non-profit and includes manufacturing organizations, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, government agencies, colleges and universities.

    The Council's vision is that the Great Lakes Region will be one of the top two manufacturing centers in the world.  Its mission is to maintain and increase the competitive advantage for manufacturing and preserve the prosperity of the Great Lakes Region.  The Council focuses on image, innovation, talent and workforce, borders and logistics, and public policy and is the originator of the description of the Great Lakes trading area as the fourth largest economy in the world.