Monday, February 27, 2012

Manufacturing Job Program Helps Austin's Art District

Here's a fine example of vocational education helping people grow their community.

Manufacturing Job Program Helps Develop Austin's Art District

“These are high-demand jobs and high skilled kind of work,” said Amara Enyia, executive director of ACT. “This is part of a national effort to close the skills gap and link education to the economy.”

It's a short 44 week manufacturing credential program at

What a great idea! I love it and I hope more initiatives like this gets promoted in more cities across America. Austin already has a vibrant music scene, how cool will it be when they develop the arts district? This is just what we need. Artists and craft people start small businesses, stay in the community and help revitalize blighted areas. It's about time someone has taken notice and helped budding entrepreneurs establish themselves, tying education to the local economy. Imagine if they did this in every city?

Way to go Austin!

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