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A Look into the Manufacturing Industry

Outsourcing manufacturing is undoubtedly the aspect of outsourcing which comes to mind the most when discussing this topic.  At one time, the manufacturing industry was a booming, thriving business and factories like JBC Company, Inc. owned by Joseph Campolong made millions of dollars from their American business. I was fortunate enough to be able to interview my two Uncles about their lucrative business now known as DDJ  before the clothing manufacturing industry dried up for my relatives three years ago. Continue reading

America’s manufacturing

While searching through the “freshly pressed” section, I came across a very interesting blog about American manufacturing.  The blog is titled simplyamericadotnet and it reviews the current situation with jobs in the manufacturing sector of the US economy.  The most recent post is about how there are many manufacturing jobs available right now, but not enough certified people to fill them.  Although this is currently the case, larger numbers of Americans are completing certifications required for these jobs.  The author thinks there are several reasons why people don’t consider manufacturing jobs while searching for employment.  These have to do with the stereotypes associated with college degrees and which jobs pay well.  The majority of his other posts are also focused on American manufacturing, as he is currently writing a book about creating jobs in the US manufacturing sector called, “Simply Life.”

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Is Manufacturing in America at Odds with Higher Education?

One of the “freshly pressed” sites I found was a blog by John Briggs, whose focus is on bringing jobs back to the U.S. through manufacturing. According to his blog, more than six million manufacturing jobs have left the country over the past three decades. He is currently exploring the topic by writing a book called Simply America, Putting our Extended American Family Back to Work.

In the particular post I read, titled America’s biggest missed opportunity?, he indicates that despite the high unemployment rates in our country, American manufacturers are having trouble finding workers. Many jobs have been added in the industry over the past few years, and they’re even well paid. The problem, he states, is that many lack the proper skills for these jobs.

Essentially, his theory on this is that young Americans believe they have to attend a four-year college and receive a bachelor’s degree in order to make money and get a job later on. He maintains that there are other ways to become well-educated and well-trained for a job, including hitting up the public library and attending community college. There, one can receive training for jobs like manufacturing.

As a student of a liberal arts college, I felt a little saddened by this view. I agree that manufacturing jobs are a good route for some to consider and that it’s an important industry for our economy. However, I also feel strongly about the value of higher education and creating a well-educated workforce of creative, well-rounded thinkers for the future. It’s one way that our country can remain competitive with other nations.