Changing Workforce / STEM Education

Perspective: Manufacturers, it's time to take charge of your destiny

By Brian Pedersen for Lehigh Valley Business

Jul 10, 2017

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Manufacturers must do more to plug the skills gap and worker shortage that threatens the industry.

“It’s time for industry to get involved. You have to be proactive,” Jack Pfunder, president and CEO of the Manufacturers Resource Center, said at the recent 13th annual Manufacturing Summit in Bethlehem.

They can do so by visiting schools, hosting plant tours, sharing interns and serving on school advisory boards.

The region is seeing a growing interest in young people connecting with careers in manufacturing as an increasing number of programs have strived to change the perception of what these jobs are like today.

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