“The purpose of this paper is to provide a case study of Massachusetts—in particular, how the state views advanced manufacturing as a leverage point in its statewide economic plan and an extension of its larger goals to support innovation and infrastructure. As a result, the state is currently in the process of aligning its economic agenda with its education and workforce development initiatives to promote advanced manufacturing as an industry and career path that creates opportunities to enter the middle class. It is worth noting that the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education is taking a strategic sectoral approach to enhancing educational opportunities and meeting employer needs and expectations; while this case study focuses on advanced manufacturing, the state has also partnered with industry to create additional workforce development plans in information technology, allied health, and nursing.
To this end, this case study is designed to provide educators and state leaders with concrete examples of how secondary and postsecondary institutions work collaboratively with the business community to implement curriculum reforms that promote efficiency and continuity across the school-to-career pipeline” (p.1).(Abstractor: Author)