Leading the charge of economic recovery in manufacturing, Kansas City is fast becoming a hotbed for jobs, according Jerry Jasinowski, President of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Jasinowski cites $1 billion in capital investment and more than 2,000 new manufacturing jobs in the last two years, as well as 110,000 jobs in manufacturing overall—equal to the number of manufacturing jobs there 10 years ago—as evidence of good times to come. Kansas City has also been chosen as a pilot city for the NAM Manufacturing Institute's Careers Campaign aimed at increasing the number of young people going into manufacturing by 2010. Visit www.nam.org/kansascity.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.