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Are you Intern Ready?

A Summary of VALEES EFE Director Cassie Blickem’s Workforce Strategies Forum Presentation

Intern Spotlight: Quinn Robinson

Today, Quinn is 19 years old and completing his first year at Bradley University where is his pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

Now Is the Time to Rethink Training and Internships

The mentality of problem-solving and finding new approaches should be applied to adapt training, manufacturing programs, and internships.

The Shift to Alternative Career Pathway Options

Now there's a shift for alternative career pathways like Advanced Manufacturing. In most cases, Advanced Manufacturing does not require a bachelor's degree.