Little Rock, AR, -  The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce will host the Young Manufacturers Academy (YMA) July 28 – August 1 and August 4 – 7 due to a generous contribution of $15,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation. The YMA will take place at various locations around the state in partnership with Arkansas’ two-year colleges.

The Young Manufacturers Academy is designed to reach young people from grades 6 through 11 who are interested in careers in manufacturing. Around 600 young students are expected to attend the sessions taking place in July and August.

The 2014 Young Manufacturers Academy is the signature program of Dream It. Do It. Arkansas. Dream It. Do It. Arkansas works with employers, educational systems, workforce development agencies and economic development organizations to address the skills gap issue. Dream It. Do It. Arkansas educates students, parents and educators on the importance of skilled workers needed in the manufacturing industry in order to build a competitive workforce in their state.


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