Bridging the Manufacturing Skills Gap in Rural America

A webinar series sponsored by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development in collaboration with the Purdue Center for Regional Development

About the webinar series: Globalization is creating an increasing skills gap in the US labor market, particularly within the nation’s growing manufacturing sector. Yet the gap is not a pervasive national problem, but rather, highly localized, with rural areas often confronting disproportionately deeper skills shortages than their non-rural counterparts. This webinar series highlights some of the key workforce issues throughout the US rural manufacturing heartland, and discusses innovative national and local programs, strategies and solutions in place geared to enhancing skills at the local level and bolstering long term economic growth.

The Skills Problem in America’s Industrial Heartland: Causual Factors and Local Strategies
(1/22/15)
Presented by: Carolyn Hatch, Purdue Center for Regional Development
Recording 

Manufacturing Skills Certification: Attracting and Retaining Talented Workers in Rural America (1/29/15)
Presented by: Brent Weil, The Manufacturing Institute
Recording     PowerPoint

Labor Pool vs. Talent Pool: Gathering Industrial Skill Requirements in Rural Areas
(2/12/14)
Presented by: Myra Wilson & Frank Gibson (The Ohio State University Alber Enterprise Center)
Recording     PowerPoint
Handout presentation