[Podcast] Why school and community outreach programs are important to the future of manufacturing

By Podcast: Manufacturing Tomorrow's Workforce

Dee Karabowicz | Thales Defense and Security | Workforce Development

Supporting STEM in schools and communities is a high-profile priority for a growing number of manufacturers and other industrial production companies in the U.S. But amid competing demands for resources both as a company and individually, how worthwhile is it for manufacturers to get involved in outreach at the high-school, or even junior high or grade school level? In this episode of Manufacturing Tomorrow's Workforce, Christine LaFave Grace talks with Dee Karabowicz, a mechanical engineer for Thales Defense and Security in Aurora, Ill., and co-program director with the FIRST LEGO League Junior program in Chicago's far western suburbs. They discuss how Dee’s experience with the FIRST program inspired her to follow an engineering career path, and the impact that current professionals can have on the workforce of the future.

FIRST Illinois Robotics is in need of additional volunteers for the 2019-'20 school year! Interested in volunteering on a one-time or more-frequent basis? Contact Dee Karabowicz at or visit https://www.firstillinoisrobotics.org/fll/volunteer.html

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