GCAMP is awarding $15k in STEM grants to local grade to high schools including Harper College to start a Robotics Club. Last year we awarded $10k in grants. ' Learn to be a 'Maker' early in school!
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FEATURING GCAMP PARTNER FELSOMAT:Manufacturing's big challenge: Finding skilled and interested workers
Felsomat, a German manufacturer that makes automation equipment for the automotive industry, has a talent problem that's become a growth problem. Plans to triple the size of its Schaumburg facility, to 100,000 square feet, have stalled in part because it is difficult to find skilled technicians to design, build and service the automated systems that have allowed U.S. carmakers to produce more than ever before with fewer people, said Richard Gilchrist, chairman of Felsomat USA.
Boeing is well aware of the risks: Shortages of skilled workers from a smaller, mid-1990s exodus contributed to a factory meltdown that halted production of its cash cow, the 737. So earlier this year, the manufacturer carefully structured a voluntary layoff aimed at retirement-age workers, staggering the departures of 1,057 machinists to avoid massive disruptions.