A Sharper Focus On Technical Workers: How to Educate and Train for the Global Economy
Author(s): Lamos, Erin; Simon, Martin; Waits, Mary Jo; Fulton, Bill; Bird, Keith
Organizational Author(s): Center for Best Practices, National Governors Association
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Resource Availability: Publicly available
Presents a case study of the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC) to identify and implement wide-ranging improvements in technical education for automotive manufacturing workers.
The Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC) brought together 30 community colleges and 34 auto manufacturers across 12 states to identify and implement wide-ranging improvements in technical education for automotive manufacturing workers (p. ii, p. 2). This study revealed that it is possible for governors to work collaboratively with industry, community colleges, and each other to provide people with the opportunity to build their technical skills and ensure both America’s future prosperity and their own economic security (p.4). (Abstractor: Website Staff)
Major Findings & Recommendations
• “Champion the importance of technical education and technical work to economic competiveness and worker prosperity…High-quality technical education, especially from community colleges, is likely to be the bread and butter of key sectors of our economy in the future: manufacturing, energy, health care, and others” (p.2).
• “Focus first on the industrial sectors with the greatest economic impact. The most valuable credentials are those in quantitatively oriented fields or high-growth/high-need occupations” (p. 2).
• “Use state spending to encourage community colleges to engage in collaboration and innovation” (p. 2).
• “Develop multi-state partnerships focused on providing consistent, high-quality, industry-valued training” (p.2).
• “Require comprehensive outcome data to assess students’ skills and credentials gained, hold education institutions accountable, and inform policymakers” (p. 2). (Abstractor: Author)