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Congressman Jim Langevin Talks about the SAMI program

Congressman Jim Langevin visited the SAMI program and wrote about it on his blog.  Here are his thoughts: Here in the Ocean State, we have a long and proud shipbuilding tradition. Funded by a $2.5 million Department of Labor grant, New England Institute of Technology is continuing our maritime legacy with the Shipbuilding/Advanced Manufacturing Institute […]

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The Manufacturing Skills Gap Continues to Grow

According to a recent report by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), United States college and universities are not educating nearly enough students to fill the skills – and employment – gap to sustain the future of the manufacturing industry. In fact, they estimate that from 2009 – 2012, the height of the economic crisis […]

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VIBCO and SAMI Team Up

Check out this excerpt from a post on the VIBCO website about their partnership with the SAMI program. Recently,  VIBCO’s CMO Linda Kleineberg, and Machine Operator Antone Cherry, spoke to the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island to share their experiences with the SAMI (Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advance Manufacturing Institute) program. Their primary message was that SAMI provides exceptional value for […]

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Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Hitting US Companies Hard

For companies across the country, the skills gap is hitting employers – especially manufacturers – hard. This week, Plastics News took an in-depth look at the issues caused by the skills gap in the town of Sarepta, Louisiana. While the geographical location might not be anywhere near Rhode Island, the town’s description is quite similar […]

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US Manufacturing Industry Retains Momentum In November

According to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the US Manufacturing Index dropped to 58.7 in November 2014. While that is a lower index than October’s high of 59, any rating over 50 indicates that the economy is showing growth. According to Reuters, the ISM survey also showed that new orders increased to their highest […]

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President Obama Announces Plans To Help Strengthen Manufacturing Industry

In a move backed by President Obama, the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership – which serves over 30,000 US manufacturers each year – has announced a plan to fix “the innovation gap faced by small manufacturers.” The plan includes enhancing the Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s state-side centers, and “a pilot competition for $130 million (£81.3 […]

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The US Manufacturing Showed More Gains in October

According to the Institute for Supply Management, the factory index increased to 59 in October, “matching August as the highest month since March 2011.” Bloomberg News reports that “the pickup signals U.S. factories are withstanding slower global markets as improving balance sheets give households and companies the wherewithal to spend. A stronger job market and […]

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Manufacturers Are Having Difficulties Filling Positions In Skilled Trades

This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and was reprinted in SouthCoast Today. — MILWAUKEE — When Aleasha Hladilek realized her bachelor’s degree in anthropology wouldn’t get her a job, she returned to school to become an auto mechanic and a welder. She graduated from the welding program at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, in […]

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New England Tech Announces Collaboration With Rockwell Automation, Inc.

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the college has collaborated with Rockwell Automation, Inc. in the development of a new automation lab to be utilized by students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT). Beginning with the start of the fall quarter on October 6, 2014, students […]

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Women In The Manufacturing Workforce

Chandra Brown, the deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing for the U.S. Department of Commerce, recently made the keynote speech at the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Summit and made a strong case for getting women into the manufacturing workforce. During the speech, Brown said that Fortune 500 companies with women on their board of directors are “more […]

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