The solution to this problem requires concerted—and connected—efforts by government, employers, schools, and individuals themselves. Outreach to African Americans and minorities with programs designed and tailored specifically to their educational needs is imperative for manufacturing. A diversity-driven renaissance in manufacturing education needs to incorporate:
The Institute offers specific manufacturing sector-based solutions that inspire and foster the development of science, engineering, entrepreneurship and leadership talent. Operations are divided into three distinct programs (outreach, education and entrepreneurship). When taken together as a continuum, these programs form the manufacturing diversity talent pipeline. Supporting programs include interdisciplinary research and program evaluation.
Within each program area, we use a conservative process to launch specific projects so that they provide near-term results, locally and nationally, as well as long-term value.
A multi-domain research effort brings needed information to the programs of the Manufacturing Diversity Talent Pipeline (outreach, education, and entrepreneurship). Research efforts and partnerships focus on the intersection of domains such as advanced learning technologies, data visualization, global competitiveness, modeling and simulation, and social sciences.
Globalization, technology advancements and shifts in workforce demographics are among a number of drivers transforming traditional models of work. Because of this dynamic activity, the expectations of both employers and employees are evolving— creating new demands on talent management, work arrangements, visionary leadership and professional development. These drivers and issues frame how we evaluate our success.
The evaluation team is led by the Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital, (IC²) at the University of Texas at Austin, working in collaboration with local experts such as The Center for the Study of the Workplace, School of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.