Aspen Institute panel on Skills Gap in Manufacturing: Craig Giffi, Deloitte; Theresa Maldonado, National Science Foundation; Gardner Carrick, The Manufacturing Institute; Tim Welsh, University of Phoenix; Ann Randazzo, Center for Energy Workforce Development
At a policy seminar on the “skills gap” in manufacturing at the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C., an executive with one of the largest higher-education providers in North America described Marlin Steel as “the poster child for CEO-level” commitment to training workers for advanced manufacturing.
Timothy R. Welsh, a senior vice president for the University of Phoenix, singled out Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt for praise at yesterday’s seminar which attracted 60 people from industry, education, think tanks and trade associations related to manufacturing.
The University of Phoenix parent, the Apollo Group, is trying to join with community colleges and manufacturers to create a program that small to midsized manufacturers could use to improve training. “A ‘Chief Learning Officer’ in a box,” he called it.
The focus of the panel at the Aspen Institute was the “skills gap,” so named because U.S. manufacturers are estimated to need 600,000 or more workers but say they struggle to find applicants with the math and science skills needed in a modern manufacturing facility. In one 2009 study that compared high school graduates around the world, U.S. students ranked 31st in math, 23rd in science and 17th in reading. China ranked first in all three. Continue reading