Conasauga River Watershed CleanUp April 21, 2018, Saturday, 9am to 12pm
Conasauga River Watershed CleanUp April 21, 2018, Saturday, 9am to 12pm
Business leaders and local government representatives took a tour of the Shaw CreateCentre Wednesday as part of the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce’s annualManufacturers Appreciation Week program.
The 67,000-square-foot facility on Douthit Ferry Road in West Cartersville opened lastOctober. The three-story, $24 million building hosts designers, marketers and innovationassociates for Shaw Industries’ Shaw Contract and Patcraft brands.
The centre is currently home to 130 employees, about 50 of whom will move into a newcustom design studio at Shaw Plant 94 on Old Mill Road once renovations are completed.
“The building is really based on this open-office model,” said Shannon Cochran,vice president of creative and product development for Patcraft. “We have a lot of focus rooms that allows forindividual work, also a lot of collaborative and impromptu spaces for meetings. It’sreally to promote trust and innovation and we wanted it to be a transparent space whereeveryone has flexible work options that has kind of been the new corner office, so tospeak.”
With John Lennon quotes posted on the facility walls and several work spaces named afterchildhood favorite toys like Rubik’s Cube and Lite-Brite, the centre demonstrates the changingdynamics of contemporary manufacturing. Instead of hard concrete floors and rows and rowsof metallic shelves, the centre features flooring with built in “step-counting” sensors,noise-canceling personal booths ideal for handling phone calls and even rooms for employees to shower.
And no matter where an employee may be in the building, odds are they’re never more thana few steps away from a coffee maker.
By Zara Brunner
How do we reach the next generation, change their perceptions about manufacturing, and let them know about available career opportunities?
Manufacturing Day and other initiatives are critical. Equally so is the time those of you in industry devote year-round in your communities, which I believe can add up in a big way in reaching students and inspiring them to consider manufacturing careers.
Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in Career Day at Robert Frost Middle School in my hometown of Rockville, Maryland. I was with a whole classroom filled with eager seventh graders, being taught by my eighth grade son’s favorite former teacher (you know who you are JC!). Of course, I had the slot right after lunch! What could I say to them about my career? How could I inspire them?
I taught them about today’s manufacturing.
In doing so, I used every trick up my sleeve to leverage how children are used to receiving information in our present-day technology-rich environment. This included infographics, videos, and an HQ-style trivia game (sans the cash prize, but with a few personally supplied “prizes” complete with the telling of the item’s Made in the USA story).
Georgia Northwestern Launching Cybersecurity, Logistics, and Mechatronics in Catoosa County
(Ringgold, Georgia) – For the better part of the last decade, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has been going through a process to add a sixth campus in Catoosa County, Georgia. On August 15, the process will be complete as GNTC’s Catoosa County Campus will open its doors for class for the very first time.
Three brand new programs will kick-off on this brand new campus as GNTC launches Cybersecurity, Logistics, and Mechatronics. “These are important new offerings with skilled workers in these fields being in demand in our companies in Northwest Georgia right now,” said GNTC’s Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Ginger Mathis. “We have turned this project around in a timely manner to help these students have what they need to become the skilled workforce employers are counting on.”
It was just 20 months ago when college administrators, along with state and local leaders, broke ground on the site in a December 2014 ceremony. “We are anticipating a couple of hundred students for our initial term,” said Mathis. “Between the traditional students and the dual-enrolled high school students from the three Catoosa County High Schools, we are looking forward to some great success stories out of this campus.”
I have dealt with the education domain for many decades, in the academy and business, I have trained hundreds of people and companies, this on the international scope, and this is my experience. I do not exaggerate when I say I believe the current school systems everywhere in the world, public and private, represent a great waste of money and time for humanity. The current school system might have been good up to some 50 years ago, but is definitely obsolete for our time. So much has changed in the last thirty years and we are still practicing an ancient education system.
The current system is mainly about keeping the young people busy outside the home for so many hours per day! Putting young people for some 10 – 12 years in the school system in buildings, keeping them in a passive mode of just receiving for a long period of their lives, just getting prepared for the future, i.e. for the big day when they can join society, is in my opinion a serious human rights violation.
1.1. Little practical value is gained in the present school
The school is here, and real life is there. There is a gigantic gap between school and real life.
Most of the things that are learned in school are of no practical value to the future life. Almost nothing will be used of what we learn at school except possibly in the narrow field of specialization later, if going to college or university. The school is here, and real life is there. There is a gigantic gap between school and real life. You are getting prepared for real life, but it is all in the future and not now. All that is useful in life is taught outside the school: Swimming, bike riding, photography, martial art, cooking, driving license, dancing, carpentry, haircut, repair things at home, how to sew a shirt, how to repair a motor, how to repair a mobile, how to find a job ..
it is all about “pretend” at school. Nothing tangible is done. School is mainly about theory and pretend we are doing this and solving this problem, but never doing a real thing. When looking back, the school years are like a big empty hole in our memory and existence. Most successful people on the planet, including great scientists, were not that good at school.
An industry regarded as dirty, loud and dangerous must do more to attract young people with the skills needed for modern manufacturing, while companies should promote their technology in the 21st century as exciting, cutting-edge, clean, safe and fun, according to a panel of experts.
Manufacturing businesses must also address a gender imbalance that sees a dearth of female workers across the country, while also focusing on recruiting tech-savvy kids who can be convinced of a future in the industry, the experts said.
Meanwhile, recent research on public perceptions of the industry suggests that although many Americans believe it to be vital to the economy, and that jobs of the future will be high-tech and involve using innovative renewable energy sources, they still hold negative perceptions of manufacturing generally.
As policymakers contemplate new ways to prepare students for college and careers, youth apprenticeship stands out as a compelling option. Research from New America’s Center on Education & Skills (CESNA) suggests youth apprenticeship is gaining steam in many states.
In a new report, Youth Apprenticeship in America Today: Connecting High School Students to Apprenticeship, produced with support from the Siemens Foundation, Brent Parton summarizes findings from a year-long research effort that included focus groups, polling, a national landscape scan, and interviews with practitioners and national experts. The report looks back at the history of youth apprenticeship in the U.S. and analyzes current trends to offer five key findings, which include: public openness to youth apprenticeship, insights from a diverse landscape of existing programs, and profiles of state strategies underway to expand youth apprenticeship opportunities in high-demand industries like advanced manufacturing, business services, information technology, and healthcare.
What if an office could be anywhere you wanted, at any time? And what would that mean for people, countries, and even robots?
Work and specialized labor are at the heart of many issues related to globalization, immigration, and borders: People emigrate to new countries for work, and companies are increasingly firming up their international presence and looking to make international hires. Technology allows workers to collaborate and share information in real-time, even if they’re not physically together.
Augmented reality (AR), which puts digital representations of objects into your physical space, could be the key to changing how we think about work. AR has quickly evolved from a laboratory experiment to a staple in pop culture, entertainment, and media, and 67 percentof organizations are considering incorporating it into their procedures.
During his keynote address at Facebook’s F8 developers conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about a virtual reality meeting space the company developed, called Facebook Spaces.
“This virtual reality experience is going to give you a taste of what it’s like to have this real sense of presence with your friends, no matter where they are in the world, and to start interacting with all kinds of digital objects on the road to fully augmented reality,” said Zuckerberg.
Western North Carolina has a long and proud heritage in the production of textiles and furniture, but the Regional manufacturing industry has been hit hard by automation and outsourcing. The Industrial Commons is revitalizing the manufacturing tradition through the Carolina Textile District, a multi-state network of small and medium-sized textile and apparel manufacturers based in Morganton, North Carolina. With ARC support, the Carolina Textile District is building a value chain network that benefits textile producers across the Region by hosting skill-building workshops for new and existing businesses, building important relationships within the industry, piloting a workforce training program, and more. The Industrial Commons works with over 50 small firms in Western North Carolina and across the rural southeast to build a sustainable, equitable rural manufacturing sector.
Earlier this month, Molly Hemstreet and Sara Chester, co-Directors of the Industrial Commons, were awarded a coveted J.M.K. Innovation Prize for their vision for the Region’s manufacturing industry. The J.M.K Innovation Prize “focuses especially on new ideas piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries at a stage when they typically struggle to acquire seed funding. This year, applicants responded to rapidly shifting challenges in communities across America through efforts that promise profound social impacts.” The Prize means Industrial Commons will receive a $175,000 award and technical assistance over the course of three years to further their impact and share their model with other organizations and across sectors. According to Hemstreet and Chester, “The Industrial Commons is rebuilding a diverse working class. We lead and implement a new vision for labor organizing in rural, industrial work. We encourage and equip a new generation of workers to build pride, skill, and ownership in manufacturing. This preserves our heritage industries and roots previously extracted wealth in the hands of our communities through local ownership and control.”