12 th Annual North Country Symposium. Presented by: William Murray April 7, 2014. Some CITEC Background. CITEC is one of 350 Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers. CITEC’s region covers the seven (7) counties of the North Country.
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April 7, 2014
CITEC is one of 350 Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers.
CITEC’s region covers the seven (7) counties of the North Country.
As a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce, MEP offers its clients a wealth of unique and effective resources centered on five critical areas: technology acceleration, supplier development, sustainability, continuous improvement and workforce.
Did You Know...
For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.
In 2011, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,060 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all industries earned $60,168.
National Association of Manufacturers
75% of people surveyed said they would pay more for American-made products. (Parade Magazine 9/1/13)
3.5% average earnings growth vs. 0.1% non-mfg workers (Mfg. & Technology News, 9/11/13)
Recruiting quality employers
Revenue cuts (taxes, state, federal)
New standards, systems
Increased education investment = higher skills set in knowledge-based economy = increased labor productivity
Employers expected the Government and Education sector to provide the trained workforce.
Educators expected families to teach students the soft skills.
Employers and Educators did not collaborate.
Educators and employers must address soft skills
Educators and employers must collaborate
Employers must socially and financially contribute to educational programs
Community at-large must be involved (Cradle through Career)
“Break down the silos!”
P-Tech Grant award to CCC (workforce)
Alcoa Foundation award to CITEC (workforce)
North Country STEM Network (workforce)
Regional Council support – 3 Time Winner!
Clinton County THRIVE Network
The “system” is changing (slowly, painfully, but definitely changing)
The North Country has a unified focus