U.S. Commerce Secretary Urges Trade-based Education

Penny Pritzker, the United States Commerce Secretary, delivered the keynote address at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ Big M conference earlier this week and urged manufacturers to work with high school students to demystify the manufacturing industry.


In her speech she highlighted the fact that many of today’s younger generation look at jobs in the manufacturing industry and skilled trades as “dull, dirty, and dangerous.” It is her hope that the industry can get a bit of a makeover in the next few years, with educators leading the charge to change the common misconception about the industry. Specifically, she called to educators saying,

We need your help to update the image of manufacturing. Today, too many parents, teachers and guidance counselors still do not understand. Too many young people still do not understand that a career in manufacturing can be a challenging, rewarding way to earn a living.

The Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) at New England Institute of Technology is already on board – working to get unemployed Rhode Island residents the skills and training they need to become ideal candidates for careers in the manufacturing and shipbuilding industries.

If you’re interested in learning more about SAMI, give us a call at (401) 739-5000 x3700.


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