Changing Workforce / STEM Education

Manufacturing not a top match for students in interest survey

By the Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN)

Sep 14, 2017

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A new website created to match middle school students with careers is causing heartburn in Indiana's manufacturing industry.

Indiana Career Explorer allows anyone, including adults, to answer assessment questions and find out which jobs mesh well with their interests and abilities.

Of the 152,000 sixth- through 12th-graders who took the assessment last year, only about 6,300 saw the manufacturing cluster returned as one of their top three matches – or about 4 percent. 

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