Colorado Association for Career and Technical Educators

Colorado Association for
Career and Technical
July 15, 2013
Who is CAMA?
CAMA exists with the sole purpose to advance
manufacturing across the state of Colorado.
We are manufacturers representing manufacturing and its
best interests.
One of our goals is to provide an accurate picture of
manufacturing today and what manufacturing provides
for the Colorado economy.
CAMA helps connect the dots between the reasons for
growing manufacturing business in Colorado, and the
workforce necessary to support it.
Career Opportunities
• Core manufacturing jobs are imperative to a
vital growing economy within the state of
• By shedding light on manufacturing, CAMA in
turn introduces people to exciting careers in
advanced manufacturing, as well as to the
education and training needed to claim these
Skills Gap
Do we have a
Skills Gap?
• NAM reports a skilled worker shortage
of 600,000 workers.
• Boston Consulting Group estimates
the so called shortage to be no more
than 80,000– 100,000
Do we have a
Skills Gap?
• The oldest baby boomers
turned 65 on Jan. 1,
• Each day thereafter
for about the next 19
years, some 10,000
more will reach the
traditional retirement
The Department of
Labor reports that the
median age of the
workforce rose from
40.5 years in 2000 to
44.1 years in 2011.
Who is filling
the pipeline?
The barriers to developing a healthy
pipeline of dedicated, skilled workers
for the manufacturing sector lie in
What’s going on?
“Forty years ago, even thirty years ago, there was no
shame in a young man choosing a career in the
trades. Beginning in the early 1980s—and particularly
after publication of Nation at Risk published in 1983—
a consensus grew in the United States that every
young person should go to college, regardless of
interest. “Vocational education” lost whatever
prestige it had and came to be viewed in some
quarters very nearly as a dumping ground…Principles
and superintendents began to see classes in auto
mechanics or welding as expensive diversions from
the schools’ core mission of ensuring that every
student would go to college.”
Dr. Leonard Sax,
boys adrift pg. 123
“Finding a good lawyer or physician is easy. Finding a good
carpenter, painter, electrician, plumber, glazier, mason -- the list
goes on and on -- is difficult, and it is a seller's market. Journeymen
craftsmen routinely make incomes in the top half of the income
distribution while master craftsmen can make six figures. They have
work even in a soft economy. Their jobs cannot be outsourced to
India. And the craftsman's job provides wonderful intrinsic rewards
that come from mastery of a challenging skill that produces tangible
results. How many white-collar jobs provide nearly as much
Always Advancing
• Rebrand
• Restructure
• Rebuild
• Revitalize
• Inspire
• Engage
Engagement in manufacturing career awareness will begin in
kindergarten, through simple exposure to learning tools that
allow children to construct simple forms using "building
blocks," and advance in later years to the use of 3D printers in
the 8th grade.
• Standardized curriculum developed
• Stackable certifications
• On and Off Ramps
9th Grade:
Full engagement in manufacturing
career options will begin in the 9th
grade and conclude at high school
The program will begin with
awareness of the broad range of
manufacturing disciplines available to
graduating students. This would be
accomplished through:
• Classroom speakers
• Bus tours of local factories
• Video
10th Grade:
During students’ sophomore year they will further their
general exposure to manufacturing careers, technology,
and management options (General Management, Supply
Chain, Engineering, Finance and Accounting, Quality
Assurance, Information Technology, Logistics)
Exposure will include:
• industry speakers,
• plant tours,
• summer internships.
11th-12th Grade:
As students enter the 11th grade they will begin formal
vocational training in a variety of manufacturing related
subjects depending on their area of interest.
This training will be supplemented with the following:
• Summer internships/apprenticeships
• Industry mentor pairings
• Shared / Aligned Vision-- make
manufacturing a career of choice
• Policy -- funding will be required to enable
participating schools and districts to support
the curriculum
• Sustainable
• Leverage Technology for Impact
A certain level of equipment
standardization will be required to
support the statewide curriculum
It is anticipated, based on funding
availability, that a combination of
computer-based simulation and
actual hands-on learning will be
Advanced manufacturing companies improve
the performance of US industry through the
innovative application of technologies,
processes and methods to enhance product
design and production creation across the
“If synchronized efforts are
required and the
contribution of one link is
strongly dependent on the
performance of the other
links, they should be
regarded as chains.”
“We shouldn’t be looking at each local
area and trying to optimize it.
We should be trying to optimize the
whole system!”
-- Eliyahu Goldratt
Thank You

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