-  This week’s article in the Kenosha News features an op-ed by Bryan D. Albrecht, President, Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, WI, that highlights the need for industry engagement to partner with educators in ensuring that career based programs teach the skills that the future manufacturing workforce needs to compete globally in today’s economy.

Through the application of career based programs grounded in industry recognized credentials, Gateway Technical College’s efforts to engage local industry results in an 87% student job placement within months of graduating.   Mr. Albrecht stresses the importance of industry stepping up to the task of maximizing business and education partnerships.  “Part of the responsibility for creating an education system that graduates students prepared to work in today's economy must rest with companies. This includes ensuring that schools, in partnership with industry, are teaching the latest skills required to compete at a global level.”

As President, Mr. Albrecht oversees the college's academic programs, educational facilities, and comprehensive budget and staffing requirements.  Mr. Albrecht has taken on a prominent leadership role in support of strong education-industry partnerships with the automotive sector. This past December, he participated in The Manufacturing Institute and National Association of Manufacturer’s National Talent Development Roundtable that brought together 36 education, industry and thought leaders together to hone in on strong partnerships between industry and education to train and educate the next generation manufacturing talent.  Mr. Albrecht also actively serves on The Manufacturing Institute’s Education Council.

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