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Indiana Statehouse Attacks the Manufacturing Skills Gap

Posted 1:50 PM by

The skills gap in the manufacturing industry is a hot topic right now. With the manufacturing industry being so vital to Indiana's economy, the skills gap has now gotten the attention of the Indiana legislature. 

State Representative Wendy McNamara has announced plans to author legislation that would create a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Diploma as an alternative to the Academic Honors or Core 40 Diplomas currently offered to high school students. The idea behind this would be that high school students will still build their skills in English, math and science, but under the CTE Diploma track it will all be in the context of a career that interests them.

"Manufacturers need workers skilled in Technical Writing, Technical Reading and Technical Communication, which students aren't given the opportunity under the Core 40 to develop and strengthen. Additionally, the same can be said for math skills acquired in Algebra and Geometry, in which Technical Math or Technical Problem Solving courses would make for a more successful member of the industrial work force," said Rep. McNamara.

The full news release can be found here.

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Justin Hayes is a director in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Audit and Assurance Services Group as well as being a member of the Not-for-Profit and Governmental Services Groups. Justin works with clients to help them avoid risk and maximize efficiencies by keeping an eye on their bottom line and helping ensure accurate financial reporting. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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