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June 5th, 2024
10:15 a.m. MST (1:15 p.m. EST)

The National Institute for Innovation and Technology, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor and Western Maricopa Education Center/West-MEC invites you to virtually attend a panel discussion on June 5, 2024, "Shaping the Future: K-12 to Careers in Manufacturing." This live event, moderated by Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su, will explore innovative educational strategies to broaden and diversify the talent pipeline and bridge the gap between K-12 and Career Technical Education (CTE) to promising careers in the growing field of advanced manufacturing.


This event will touch on:

  • Innovative Educational Pathways: Learn about integrated educational approaches that align closely with industry needs, ensuring students from the K-12 system successfully transition into lucrative careers.

  • Role of Pre-apprenticeships: Discover the significance of pre-apprenticeships and related pathways in diversifying talent pipelines and providing essential, hands-on experiences crucial for workplace readiness and success.

  • Stakeholder Collaboration: Engage with a diverse panel including industry experts, educators, government officials, and employers who will discuss the collaborative efforts necessary to enhance workforce development and educational excellence.


This panel will feature insights from: 

  • Moderator: Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su, U.S. Department of Labor

  • Mike Russo, President and CEO, National Institute for Innovation and Technology

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Join us in shaping the future of education and workforce development in America’s advanced manufacturing sector. 

The panel, in addition to being live-streamed, will be available via a relpay for those who are unable to join live.

This project has been funded, either wholly or in part, with Federal funds from the Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration under contract number 1605C2-22-C006, (GAINS – Growing Apprenticeships in Nanotechnology and Semiconductors). The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Labor, nor docs mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement of same by the U.S. Government.

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