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Educating Future Supply Chain and Manufacturing Employees

By Herb Shields | 05/31/2012 | 10:47 AM

 Regular readers of my posts know that I have an interest and involvement with the education of students who will be looking for jobs in supply chain organizations here in the U.S. and globally.  I attended two recent events in the Chicago area that provide some positive news that I want to share.

 On May 16th, Daley College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago held its 2nd Annual  Manufacturing Reinvention Workshop to address questions related to how and what digital technology skills are needed for machine operators and other workers in manufacturing.  A representative from Caterpillar, Inc. spelled out their needs for more educated machine operators in no uncertain terms.  Cat is working with community colleges and other organizations that can educate potential employees in manufacturing skills.  Many smaller companies were also part of the 80+ attendees.  Jobs are available now, we need to train more people in those skills.  If you want to know more about the Daley College programs, contact Ray Prendergast at:  rprendergast@ccc.edu.

On May 23rd, I had the pleasure of serving as a judge for  Manufacturing, Pre-Engineering, and Logistics Capstone  projects done by high school students from 6 Chicago Public Schools – Gage Park H.S., North Grand H.S., Martin Luther King H.S.,  Austin Polytechnic Academy, Prosser H.S., and Wells Academy.  The projects all related to skills that the students had gained through a 3 year program aimed at preparing them for careers in industry.  Here in Chicago, much of the news about CPS that reaches the media leaves you with a negative impression.  Some of that may be justified, but it was really great to see students who I believe are well equipped to enter the work force and add value for companies in manufacturing and supply chain functions.  For more information about these programs at CPS, contact Veronica Martinez at:  vamartinez@cps.k12.il.us

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About Herb Shields

Herb Shields

Herb Shields has run Chicago-based HCS Consulting since 2000, helping clients across multiple industries and in higher education improve their supply chain strategy and execution. Shields has more than 30 years as an operations executive for capital equipment, automotive, electrical machinery and consumer products companies. As vice president of materials management at consumer goods company Helene Curtis, Shields led the supply chain organization that helped Helene Curtis win "Vendor of the Year" awards from Wal-Mart Stores and Target Corp. Shields has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and did graduate work in business at Bowling Green State University.



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