-  The Manufacturing Institute President Jennifer McNelly was the moderator for the Senate Auto Caucus Briefing on Job Training for Next Generation of Auto Workers. U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.), co-chairs of the Senate Auto Caucus, hosted the briefing on educating and training future generations of auto industry workers.

According to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, eight million workers and their families depend on the auto industry nationwide, which generates $500 billion in paychecks. McNelly joined the senators and a panel of industry representatives to discuss innovative public-private training programs that prepare students for careers in the 21st century auto industry.

Panelists included:

  • Ford – Curt Magleby, Vice President of Government Relations
  • Toyota – Robert Chiappetta, Manager of Government Relations
  • Volkswagen – Gary Booth, General Manager of Human Resource Development/Volkswagen Academy
  • Honda – Fred Payne, General Counsel, Secretary, and Manager of Corporate Affairs at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana
  • UAW – Josh Nassar, Legislative Director

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