The “Made in China” label my be pervasive, but the high-tech U.S. manufacturing sector is growing and San Diego companies and institutions are lining up to show how on National Manufacturing Day this Friday.
The “San Diego Workforce Conference: Future Employment in Our Priority Sectors” will be held Thursday at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
UC San Diego Extension dean Mary Walshok will give the presentation on advanced manufacturing, addressing the changing educational curriculum and training courses that will be required for employees in this increasingly complex sector, which is expected to grow locally by over 22,000 jobs by 2020.
“As part of our research, we learned that, until very recently, there were no industrial engineering programs – none – being taught at San Diego’s colleges or universities,” Walshok said. “Yet our research clearly indicates that the demand for educated workers in advanced manufacturing must come from an expanded role in community college and adult continuing education programs.”
The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. is sponsoring a breakfast panel discussion about manufacturing in San Diego at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the new central library downtown. Registration is available online.
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