Focusing on STEM as a means of encouraging manufacturing

In a recent piece for Forbes, contributor John Lechleiter discusses ways to support the U.S. manufacturing industry. This includes the importance of proper education early on that can lead to an upswell in qualified workers for the future

Lechleiter focuses on the curriculum of STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—four subjects that need to be taught to children more widely in order to foster the skilled workforce that modern manufacturing requires. He sees this as a means of helping the U.S. match up with competitors who have devoted more resources to these programs.

When businesses need the services of domestic CNC machinists to produce custom parts, they must be confident that these professionals have a very clear foundation in these areas, which Lechleiter asserts are necessary in nearly any area of today's economy.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that increasing STEM is all that our country needs to do in order to positively influence the current status of domestic manufacturing.

It will take a concentrated effort to drive up appreciation of this skill set, as Robin Lake writes in the Seattle Times. She notes how Washington politicians' claim that they are focused on STEM jobs hasn't necessarily translated into progress for local education systems, and quotes research suggesting that her state is the fifth worst when it comes to teaching science. This despite the fact that the job market for STEM talent is relatively strong and set to get stronger.

Windham Manufacturing has a proud history of supporting these skills through our work, which is why our clients can feel confident that their needs will be met when they turn to us for CNC machinist jobs.