RCBI Joins National Group to Promote Manufacturing Careers

July 31, 2014


HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) has joined a national effort aimed at informing students, parents and educators about opportunities in manufacturing.

RCBI is the first institution in West Virginia to participate in the Manufacturing Institute’s “Dream It. Do It.” initiative, which fosters growth, innovation and jobs by building awareness of careers in manufacturing. Through “Dream It,” RCBI will focus on activities that promote rewarding and exciting careers in industry through collaborations with its many partners in business, education and government.

“We are excited that our continuing association with NAM includes partnering on the ‘Dream It. Do It’ initiative,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI’s Director & CEO. “We see firsthand the sparkle in the eyes of young students who use the latest technology, especially 3D Printing, and we recognize the importance of engaging young minds. Now through ‘Dream It. Do It,’ we’ll extend our efforts to make them aware of exciting opportunities in New Manufacturing -- including a rewarding future, not just for their own personal careers but also for artists, designers, inventors and consumers.”

RCBI encourages job creation, economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting manufacturing companies of all sizes. RCBI works to foster a skilled workforce by offering career skills programs in machinist technology, welding technology and robotics technology as well as customized training directly to industry. RCBI introduces manufacturing to middle and high school students through its 3D Printing Camps.

More than 48,000 individuals are employed in manufacturing in West Virginia. Across the country, manufacturers are grappling with a shortage of skilled employees.

A nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of manufacturing talent.