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Summer camp gift aims to inspire new skilled manufacturing workers

From staff reports

The discontinuation of shop classes in most U.S. schools means that today’s youth have fewer opportunities for exposure to specific skills and training necessary for careers in the manufacturing industry.

To fill this gap, the CNA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chicago-based, global commercial insurer CNA, has contributed $15,000 to Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT), the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International. This is the second consecutive year that the CNA Foundation has helped fund NBT’s manufacturing camps.

Each year, with the support of sponsor companies, NBT awards grants to community and technical colleges that offer summer camp experiences that introduce young people ages 12 to 16 to careers in manufacturing and engineering. The CNA Foundation donation supports four camps for one year.

"Manufacturing camp grants help provide positive, hands-on experiences so young people will consider manufacturing as a career option, and ultimately increase the pool of available, highly skilled workers in the country,” said Jerry Shankel, president and CEO of NBT.

The camps target youth at the critical levels of junior high and high school, exposing them to math, science and engineering principles, and giving them opportunities to see the technology being used in industry and the high level of skills that will be required from the work force.

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