ACTE November/December2011 : Page 36

CREDENTIALING ManufacTuring Careers, skilled Workers and The eConomy PHOTO BY ISTOCK.COM By LISA MARTINO I 36 n order to jumpstart our economy, “Made in the U.S.A.” needs to be synonymous with in-demand, high-quality products sold throughout the world. Recognizing the importance of the manufacturing industry and its connection to a healthy economy, President Obama addressed Carnegie Mellon University and launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) earlier this summer. Techniques November/december 2011 “Today, I’m calling for all of us to come together—private sector industry, universities and the government—to spark a renaissance in American manu-facturing and help our manufacturers develop the cutting-edge tools they need to compete with anyone in the world,” said President Obama in June. The AMP will invest $500 million to help improve technologies of manufactur-ing processes in high-tech industries for global competitiveness. Some industries of emphasis will be information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology. President Obama stated, “With these key investments, we can ensure that the United States remains a nation that ‘in-vents it here and manufactures it here.’” The administration has also secured commitments from businesses and univer-sities to make it possible for 500,000 com-munity college students to earn

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