The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) leads the charge to reinvigorate the national workforce and attract new personnel to manufacturing industries due to the increased demand for more workers.
In the last few years, consistent high-paying salaries in the manufacturing sector reflect the growth of a stable, profitable industry in the U.S.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2011 the average manufacturing worker in the U.S. earned more than $77,000 annually.
Despite the recession, manufacturing industries continue to grow and the demand for highly skilled engineers, operators and technicians is on the rise. In order to inspire the next generation to meet this rapidly growing demand, AME is reaching out to schools across the country to promote student growth and rewarding careers in manufacturing.
AME sponsors the Adopt a School Initiative with the purpose of connecting manufacturers with schools in their communities to give students an opportunity to receive a practical learning experience as well as promote manufacturing as a desirable and viable career option.
The initiative will complement the growing number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classes in schools across the country by providing students with hands-on experiences. Through the initiative, students will explore careers in manufacturing and have access to mentors.
AME knows how important funding is to students and parents making college decisions. That is why the company also provides scholarship opportunities to those pursuing a career in manufacturing.
One of the scholarships they offer, the Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path 2014-2015 Scholarship, provides an opportunity for career-minded individuals to make their mark on the manufacturing world. High school graduates or those with prior work experience who are seeking a college education are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is June 13, 2014, for students applying for the fall term.
AME's commitment is to promote the value of a career in manufacturing to students and those who will enter the workforce soon. By working with schools and bringing them together with the manufacturers in their community, AME hopes to inspire the next generation of great engineers.