Winter Haven, FL, -  Today, Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute, presented at Polk State College as part of their 2014 Speakers Series.  She addressed national efforts by The Manufacturing Institute to close the skills gap for modern manufacturing linking talent development, employer and academic collaboration, and innovation. 

This presentation responded to the skills gap crisis in the United States, which can be attributed to: a shrinking number of high school graduates; retiring skilled workers; global competition, and a smaller, more mobile world.  In addition, 88 million workers have at least one education barrier: no high school diploma, a high school diploma but no college, or no fluency in the English language.  The NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System serves as the national solution by integrating nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials into high school, community college, and university programs of study to build the nation’s skilled workforce.

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