The Future of US Manufacturing
In this article I bring you two unrelated news items that make me optimistic about the future of manufacturing in the US.
Modern Machine Shop features a high-school in Wisconsin that runs its manufacturing vocational program as a business, producing parts for paying customers. The wonderful thing about this model is that in these days of educational budget cuts and declining interest in vocational programs in high schools, this school has found a way to solve both of these problems in one fell swoop. Create a program that pays for itself and teach kids not only manufacturing but also business. The educators who came up with this unique concept need to be commended for their ingenuity. This program teaches and empowers not only the students but the school and the community as a whole.