Additive Manufacturing

SEP 2018

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING is the magazine devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing and digital layering technology. We cover the promise and the challenges of this technology for making functional tooling and end-use production parts.

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CATEGORY: E Education S M A RT FO R CE SEPTEMBER 2018 Additive Manufacturing 22 About a decade ago, I got involved in what I think is a unique way to create an impassioned and skilled local engineering and technical workforce. Today, the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program we established in our small county in northeast Ohio has become a renowned model for encouraging homegrown talent to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. PLTW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students to thrive in their education and careers. The nonprofit offers K-12 curricular and teacher training programs in the areas of computer science, engineering and biomedical science. In Ohio, there are more than 300 active PLTW programs at the high school level. These programs, combined with tradition- al math and science courses, introduce students to the scope, rigor and disciplines of computer science, engineering and/or biomedical science prior to entering college. PLTW also has pro- grams for middle and elementary school students that help them understand STEM concepts and develop critical-thinking skills. I was intrigued by the notion of strengthening students' skills so they could take advantage of STEM opportunities in our area, so I picked up the phone and called the number I found on a PLTW flyer. Once I made that fateful call, I was quickly enlisted as chair of the local PLTW Project Implementation Task Force, a group of community business and education members. The Tuscarawas County program partnered with Ohio's local coalition of PLTW partners, who know the academic side. The beauty of the arrangement is that it is truly plug-and-play. The group leaned heavily on the educator group to walk the business community through the process and explain how to integrate the program into the school system. The superintendents focused on building understanding among teachers and finding teachers interested in training to teach the courses. I brought my passion and belief in our local talent to the game and was excited to become the chief fundraiser. Along with my company, Allied Machine & Engineering, other local business partners, foundations and grants contributed more than $700,000 to launch the program and purchase equipment and technology needed to run the program. In nine years, the program has raised well over $1.5 million—impressive for a small By Steve Stokey Allied Machine & Engineering Corp . Investing in Homegrown Talent: AMT Chairman Rolls Up His Sleeves Ohio county with less than 100,000 people. As part of the PLTW program, hundreds of students have participated in field trips to the Allied facilities. Tours are de- signed to show students a modern manufacturing facility. Allied Machine & Engineering does its part in hiring home- grown talent into our building as well. Each summer, we bring in more than 30 student interns to introduce them to the high- skilled jobs available in today's manufacturing sector. Those with the right skills receive a job offer prior to their senior year. I am proud to say that no other county in Ohio has been as successful at partnering with schools and businesses This ap- proach to grooming homegrown talent is batting a thousand. Adapted from a March 8, 2018, blog post originally published on the PTLW website, pltw.com/blog. Steve Stokey is executive vice president at Allied Machine & Engineering in Dover, Ohio. Steve is also on the PLTW Ohio Executive Council and Chairman of AMT's Board of Directors.

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