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Are we producing too many STEM grads?
Public Radio International
Ever tell your mom that you wanted to be a rock star? An actor? A supermodel? You probably got a raised eyebrow (or a long lecture). But if you ever said you wanted to be a cancer researcher, a chemist, or a software engineer, it’s likely you landed on mom’s good side. Turns out, though, STEM jobs are harder to get than most of us think. And the widespread belief that they’re tickets to financial success may be wrong.
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2nd Welding Education, Skills, and Certifications Conference and Seminar
AWS
July 13-16, 2015
Chattanooga State Community College
Chattanooga, TN

This year’s conference is structured to provide an integrated and comprehensive overview on AWS standards, services, and best practices for welding career pathway education and credentialing. It is especially valuable for education & training institutions who are developing workforce supplier and testing services with industry, and their industrial partners. The American Welding Society and leaders from top training institutions, welding technology suppliers, and industry will help you gain new insights, share best practices, exchange ideas, and solve problems specific to your technical program and your local needs. This year’s conference will also feature a workshop to promote articulation along welding pathways, and new opportunities for apprentice programs for modern metal manufacturing.

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Professional Welders Competition
AWS
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

For a $15 entry fee, you could win the grand prize at the Professional Welders Competition, sponsored by the American Welding Society. In addition to the $2,500 grand prize, a $1,000 second prize and a $500 third prize will be awarded. The top 12 competitors will win an AWS duffel bag. Each participant will receive an AWS T-shirt with logo.

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3-D printers are changing the way people think about manufacturing
NPR
At the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the future of manufacturing is taking shape. At the lab, 3-D printers offer some unique design opportunities as well as interesting challenges.
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Imagination melds with metal to create art
Traverse City Record-Eagle
Annie and Dennis Hilton moved from Michigan to North Dakota in 2007 to follow their son, who took work in the booming oil fields. They returned to Michigan in 2011 and brought back a new creative outlet and business opportunity. Annie creates, designs and uses a computer-driven plasma cutter to rip them from thick sheet metal. Dennis adds his welding skills to the mix. The end result may be a foot-high female figure or a 7-foot-high garden trellis. "It’s very relaxing. I never get uptight doing this. It’s my quiet time," said Annie Hilton.
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Mobile class sparks interest: Welding on Wheels lab has employers wondering if idea would work in Nebraska
Omaha World-Herald
A shortage of skilled welders prompted an Illinois company, First Institute Training & Management, to put one of its welding programs on wheels. The training trailer took to the road and made an appearance April 23 in Omaha. The institute was invited to Omaha by Accelerate Nebraska, a nonprofit that aims to ensure that high school and college students have the skills employers are looking for, and by the Avenue Scholars Foundation, which helps at-risk youths finish high school, get into college and find jobs.
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Ohio college's welding rodeo a lesson in teamwork
Springfield News-Sun
The Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center hosted its third annual welding rodeo April 24, part of its overall effort to address a large skills gap in the manufacturing industry. Seven teams of five students had five hours to create a piece of "found art" from scrap metal donated by 30 local manufacturing companies, following the theme "Transportation in the 21st Century."
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7 things to know about STEM careers
CBS MoneyWatch
Occupations employing the largest percentages of Americans often don't pay well, and it's likely little surprise that fatter paychecks can be found in the seemingly harder-to-land jobs in science, technology engineering and math, the so-called STEM jobs. The more than 8.3 million STEM jobs counted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2014 represented 6.2 percent of total U.S. employment, roughly the same as those working as lesser-paid retail salespeople or cashiers.
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Rhea County (Tennessee) High welders are ready to join workforce
WRCB-TV
Every day, sparks fly in Ryan Blackstone's welding class at Rhea County High School. Blackstone is a graduate of this program, and fifteen years later he's returned to his alma mater, leading a group of award-winning, certified student welders. Once considered a low priority in high schools, career and technical education is a source of pride at Rhea County High, and why not? Seventeen students recently earned their certification, which will give them a big boost when they enter the workforce.
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Rethinking the manufacturing robot
MIT Technology Review
In a workshop at the Boston headquarters of Rethink Robotics, engineers are tending to a troop of eight bright red robots called Baxter. Each robot has a humanoid upper torso and a pair of friendly blue eyes on a small screen that track the robots’ two arms as the engineers move them. Off to the side of the room, senior product manager Brian Benoit is assembling a new robot called Sawyer — Baxter’s little brother. It has just one arm and is also smaller, faster, and more precise than Baxter. If things go as the company hopes, this new robot will find work alongside humans on many manufacturing production lines.
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Virginia manufacturers work together to attract workers
The Virginian-Pilot
Virginia Beach, Virginia-area manufacturing companies want skilled laborers, and they’re willing to partner with each other to strengthen their prospects. That was the takeaway from a Manufacturers Joint Roundtable earlier this month at IMS Gear on Progress Lane. In a conference area, one floor above the humming of gear-making machines, several speakers discussed opportunities to foster workforce development in the region’s high schools and community colleges. Their goal: Show young students there’s a pathway to a successful manufacturing career.
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Building trade, New Hampshire welding students learn job safety
Fosters.com
As New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan prepared to gather with labor leaders to observe Workers’ Memorial Day recently, a tribute to those who died on the job, students at the Somersworth Career Technical Center are learning how to be safer on the job. Teacher Allen Storms said about 4,000 people were killed on the job in the U.S. last year. "Nobody goes to work, nor should they have to, expecting not to come home," Storms said.
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Making sparks fly: Annual welding competition in Arizona offers a bright future for participants
Sierra Vista Herald
Sparks were flying at the 18th annual High School Welding Competition held at Cochise College in Arizona on April 24. Each year the welding department within the Career Technical Education program partners with Phoenix Welding Supply to host the event, which drew about 35 students from all over the state. Randy Fox, the technology department chair, said the competition began as a recruitment tool to bring high school students in to see the facility and meet faculty. The program is now considered one of the best in the state.
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Steel output, capacity utilization slowing worldwide
IndustryWeek
Global raw steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association was 138 million metric tons in March 2015, a 2.7 percent drop compared to March 2014. With a bit more than 400 million metric tons of steel produced worldwide during the first three months of this year, the year-to-date total of raw steel production is down 1.8 percent versus the first-quarter total for 2014.
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