The Encore movement is a national effort to leverage the energy and experience of Americans who seek to fill community needs upon retirement or near the end of their primary careers. Launched in 2013 by the Cleveland Foundation, Encore Cleveland helps to connect and fund a network of organizations to provide experienced Greater Clevelanders with an array of meaningful opportunities in the community.
WIRE-Net’s Youth Programs, in collaboration with Max S. Hayes High School, were pleased to finish the 2015-16 with some great success stories from the Technical Corps Program (TCP) that made its debut in the machining, welding, and manufacturing design career pathways. Gary Dudich, a retired Journeyman Iron Worker, served as a Technical Corps member in the welding lab during the Spring semester.
Our Youth Programs team, working out of Max S. Hayes Career and Technical High School, coordinated a one-on-one job shadow experience with WIRE-Net member Cleveland Steel Tool. Michael, a junior in Max Hayes’ CNC Precision Machining career pathway, spent a morning at Cleveland Steel Tool and observed the company’s custom tooling operation based in Cleveland’s Glenville Neighborhood.
At WIRE-Net, Manufacturing Matters, because, as we like to put it, manufacturing multiplies, manufacturing pays, exports, and innovates.
What we mean by this is that every manufacturing job is the foundation for up to 5 additional jobs in other industry sectors, the highest employment multiplier of any industry. Manufacturing pays 17% more in wages than other sectors. 52% of U.S. exports are in the manufacturing sector. Finally, 75% of private sector research and development comes from the manufacturing sector, helping ensure that American manufacturing remains on the cutting edge of new products and technologies.
This Fall, 200 students from the New Max Hayes High School took part in meaningful and fun manufacturing-related activities. These carefully coordinated activities were designed to introduce students to modern manufacturing and provide opportunities for career exploration to “inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”
Manufacturing is very much alive and kicking! Max S. Hayes High School students found that out on Friday, October 2nd, when they attended the local Rockwell Automation National Manufacturing Day event in Twinsburg, Ohio.
The Generation Y Challenge
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that by 2020, there will be a shortfall of 10 million qualified workers in manufacturing-related industries. With a significant portion of the workforce facing retirement, jobs will need to be filled by younger workers; however, a lack of interest in manufacturing among American youth threatens the growth of industry.
There is no doubt that the start of high school can be intimidating. For 50 incoming Cleveland area high school freshmen this obstacle was made a lot less frightening with the help of WIRE-Net’s Take It To the Max! Summer Camp orientation.