MIT study focuses on industry-university partnerships
Partnerships involving manufacturers and universities can help drive innovation and create a more robust manufacturing industry, according to a 2-year study by MIT researchers. Such partnerships can help grow manufacturing ecosystems in which smaller firms can thrive, the researchers said. IndustryWeek
Chemical producers combine on worker-training program in N.J.
Solvay Specialty Polymers and Johnson Matthey are part of a group that established a training program for skilled manufacturing workers with Gloucester County College in New Jersey. A community college "was a natural choice for us. It can offer a high-level education at a modest price," said Lucio Siano, CEO of the U.S. unit of Italian specialty chemicals producer COIM, which also partnered in the effort. "From a cost point of view, this is better. From a cultural and educational point of view, we cannot do better than to put them in classes with professors who are experts in the subject," Siano said. ChiefExecutive.net
Mass. proposal would bring STEM academies to community colleges
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo has proposed a plan that he says would help students who enter community colleges needing math remediation. The STEM Starter Academy would provide intensive math instruction for such students using an immersion model in which students could spend up to three hours a day, five days a week in math class. Boston Herald
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