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EASTEC 2013 Videos: Solutions for the Skills Gap and Student Engagement in STEM

May 17, 2013

The largest manufacturing exposition and conference in the Northeast, EASTEC, wrapped up in West Springfield, Mass., on May 16 with a series of speaker sessions focused on workforce development. Students, educators, and manufacturing representatives filed into the Manufacturing Brilliance Theater to hear solutions for filling job vacancies and how to get students engaged in STEM and manufacturing.

IMT Career Journal was on the scene for exclusive interviews and coverage. Ted Bauer, program manager of workforce development programs for the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), spoke about how active collaboration, formed by employer participants, can help fill the worker talent pipeline. See IMT Career Journal's video interview with Bauer.

At a session called Meeting the Demand Side Need for Skills, One College's Perspective, Steven H. Kitchin, (above) the vice president of corporate education and training at the New England Institute of Technology, spoke about top challenges that manufacturers are facing and strategies to recruit and retain employees. Kitchin speaks with IMT Journal's Beth Goodbaum.

Jeremy Bout, the host and producer of the Edge Factor Show, presented a screening of Metal & Flesh, a short film which depicts how manufacturing helped Mike Schultz, a Snocross world champion who designed his own prosthetic leg. Bout presented his film at the EASTEC Dream It Do It Manufacturing Student Challenge, and spoke exclusively with IMT Career Journal's Beth Goodbaum about how to get students more involved with STEM through the use of media, such as his Edge Factor videos.

Attracting women to manufacturing was another trending topic at EASTEC. Dr. Karen Woscyzna-Birch, the executive director of the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM) at the Connecticut College of Technology, spoke about the importance of getting students involved with STEM and the importance of manufacturing credentials. IMT Career Journal's Beth Goodbaum interviews her.

Check back for more EASTEC coverage on IMT Career Journal.