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CTE, APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS CAN HELP RESTORE MIDDLE CLASS ECONOMY

America for more than four decades has seen middle-class households shrinking from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2015 as reported by the Pew Research Center. One of the main drivers for the decline in the middle class and the loss of 5 million good paying manufacturing jobs over the past 15 years can be traced to offshoring and the growing trade deficits in manufactured products.

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WORKERS WITH SMART SKILLS WILL BRING BACK U.S. MANUFACTURING JOBS

At the end of World War II, the United States had become the world’s leading manufacturing powerhouse, accountable for 50 percent of the world’s industrial production. Now, the U.S. produces only a fifth of the global manufacturing output.

The manufacturing sector can spark an economic recovery by restoring the confidence of the American people in their economic future and the country. Ame...

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A Design Contest with a Reality Show Twist

Have you ever sat in a classroom and asked the question,”When will I ever use this in real life?!” If you spend time with students, you know that making textbook learning relevant to real-life matters! Edge Factor and Randolph Community College are embarking on an audacious mission to empower students to become makers, challenge parents’ perceptions of manufacturing careers, and inspire the Randol...

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Introducing: The Rocket

"The Rocket" is using standardized 1.0" diameter 6061-T6 aluminum; students will create ten different parts that will assemble to build this rocket. Each part has a unique challenge that teaches a wide range of techniques. This teaching series is 'Lathe - Level 2' difficulty.

If you haven't been to the site in a while, check out all the new projects that have been uploaded in the last few ...

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