-  WASHINGTON, D.C., September 29, 2010 –The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) has been awarded an $800,000 grant from Lumina Foundation for Education to remodel manufacturing education in 12 states and position individuals for high-quality jobs in Advanced Manufacturing.  The Institute will deploy the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, creating applied science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational pathways aligned to manufacturing career pathways, which span from high school, through community colleges and into 4-year college and university programs of study.  The large-scale effort will increase postsecondary participation and industry-recognized credential completion, enabling more students and working learners to acquire the 21st century skills necessary for manufacturing careers in today’s complex global economy.

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