WASHINGTON, DC and EAST HARTFORD, Conn, -  The Manufacturing Institute is pleased to announce receipt of a $75,000 Motorola Solutions Foundation grant in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), a non-profit economic development organization with centers of excellence in education and workforce development, manufacturing technology, alternative energy and information technology.

The grant was awarded for the “Supporting a Manufacturing Renaissance” (SMR) initiative as part of the Innovation Generation grant program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.

“The Manufacturing Institute is honored to receive the Innovation Generation grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation,” said Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute. “The success and global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing depends on our ability to innovate. The manufacturing workforce is the single most important driver of innovation, and we need to ensure a highly-skilled talent pipeline for the next generation of manufacturing leaders.”

The grant will fund the expansion of CCAT’s Young Manufacturers Summer Academy, an experiential, hands-on program that introduces students in grades 7-9 to educational and career pathways in today’s manufacturing, along with educator workshops focused on 21st century skills development and STEM achievement. CCAT will also be developing an SMR program toolkit for dissemination through The Manufacturing Institute’s Dream It. Do It. network.

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