NIMS’ Interim Executive Director, Montez King, recently participated in a dialogue on how diversity in apprenticeships and career and technical education (CTE) can help ensure a globally competitive manufacturing workforce. Hosted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the forum brought in experts across sectors to provide critical testimony on the State of the Workforce and the Future of Work. Mr. King spoke about his experience growing up in an underserved community in Baltimore City, and the impact CTE and, ultimately, manufacturing, had on ensuring he completed school and was positioned for long-term career success. Mr. King’s personal story is an example of the importance of engaging underserved populations to develop a diverse and talented manufacturing workforce.
Other panelists included: Dr. Aparna Mathur, Resident Scholar in Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Michael D’Ambrose, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Archer Daniels Midland Company; Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, President, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Dr. Nicole Smith, Research Professor and Chief Economist/Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; and, Mason Bishop, Principal, WorkED Consulting, LLC.