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Dayton Manufacturers Need Trained WorkersBlog post by Patrick Ross, Chief Communications Officer for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

While touring five different manufacturing plants in greater Dayton, Ohio, last Friday on Manufacturing Day, I kept hearing the same response to my question of what a plant owner’s most pressing challenge is: “The only thing impeding our growth is a sufficient number of workers,” as Noble Tool President Jim Zahora said.

Dayton was hit hard by the economic downturn of eight years ago, but like many communities across the country, the region is rebounding. If you’ve flown on a plane lately or driven a car, it’s likely some of the parts conveying you were manufactured in Dayton, or that the machines engineered to make those parts came from Dayton. But while manufacturing jobs as a whole in the United States have increased by 3% since 2013, there are more jobs waiting for employees in Dayton. Read full blog post

The Future of ManufacturingSAN ANTONIO – A new degree program designed to support the demand for occupations required to sustain advanced manufacturing operations in the San Antonio area is being offered by Alamo Colleges-Palo Alto College.

College officials said the Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology consists of two program tracks: manufacturing specialization and instrumentation specialization.

“Providing accessible education and training to promote the economic life of our community is central to Palo Alto College’s mission,” president of Palo Alto College Dr. Mike Flores said. “We know our students are the future workforce of San Antonio, and we want to ensure they’re prepared to continue the work done to develop south San Antonio.” Read full article