The NEW Manufacturing Alliance has received a national award honoring business and education partnerships.
NEWMA took home the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Business-Education Partnership Award. NEWMA Director Ann Franz is receiving the award today at ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2018 conference in San Antonio.
The award celebrates the contributions and achievements of schools and businesses that aid in the development and maintenance of partnerships supporting high-quality career and technical education.
NEWMA was formed in 2006 by 12 manufacturers working in partnership with higher education, workforce and economic development. The organization focuses on working in partnership with K-12 education, and its first significant accomplishment was to cover the substitute teacher costs for math teachers to attend a half-day summit. The event incorporated educator feedback to help determine how to better link education and industry.
Since then, NEWMA’s five taskforces have focused on education including STEM, Math Council, Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards, Solutions to the Tech Ed Teacher Shortage and K-12. Taskforce members include principals, math teachers, curriculum directors, deans and associate deans from area colleges, manufacturing human resource managers and plant managers. The organization spans 18 counties.
Since NEWMA began, the region has seen significant increases in manufacturing-related enrollments at the four technical colleges in Northeast Wisconsin. In 2005 (prior to NEWMA), 180 individuals were enrolled in machine-related degrees; in 2016, that number had grown to 535 individuals enrolled. In welding, 193 students were enrolled in 2005, and in 2016, 913 were enrolled.