Racine, WI, -  On Tuesday, February 12th, The Manufacturing Institute’s Brent Weil spoke at the launch of Gateway Technical College’s launch of the SC Johnson Integrated Manufacturing & Engineering Technology Center (iMET Center). Weil was joined by SC Johnson CEO, Fisk Johnson and Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker at the opening ceremony. The events included an hour long discussion regarding the Employer Skills Gap, facilitated by Weil and Bray Strategies Executive, Jan Bray.

Gateway Technical College, located in Racine, Wisconsin, is a leader in manufacturing education.  With support from the Lumina Foundation for Education, Gateway Technical College was one of The Manufacturing Institute’s early adopters of the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, delivering certifications in CNC machining.  Gateway President Dr. Bryan Albrecht is also a member of The Manufacturing Institute’s National Manufacturing Education Council, a group focused on assisting in the development of national strategies to expand and enhance the manufacturing workforce.

The iMet Center will “host the region’s first flexible manufacturing lab dedicated to training the manufacturing workforce.”  Students will be able to gain skills in CNC Machining, industrial maintenance, robotics and welding and fabrication. Industrial trade apprenticeships will also be offered at the college.

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