San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Government Policy and Manufacturing EducationIt is becoming increasingly apparent as United States policymakers try to improve the economythat manufacturing must play a central role. However, over the last few decades there has beenlittle effort to sustain existing manufacturing education at all levels. Fueled by economic policiesthat emphasized a service based economy over a manufacturing based economy supported notonly the notion that these policies were inevitable, but acceptable. Exacerbating this policy is therelentless negative perception fostered by mainstream media creating misleading perceptions ofmanufacturing as a career. Consequently manufacturing education programs have been at thecenter of this policy shift with the resulting negative consequences. The result is thatmanufacturing educators struggle to keep their programs attractive as viable educational andcareer pathway. Regardless, existing federal, state and local policies are largely tactical ratherthan strategic, if policies exist at all. This paper will explore the history of manufacturingeducational policies, their impact and explore recommendations that would shift key policies tobe systemic in an effort to stabilize remaining manufacturing education programs.
Simoneau, R. W., & Wosczyna-Birch, K., & Dostie, D., & Hix, L. C., & Tuttle, D. J. (2012, June), Government Policy and Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21433
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