December 13, 2013 - McLean, VA … AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has announced the Smartforce Student Summit will take place Monday, Sept. 8, through Saturday, Sept. 13, during the week of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2014, which will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
The Smartforce Student Summit will be a place where educators, administrators, students, and parents can experience an in-depth introduction to manufacturing. The summit will feature interactive displays from leading national education organizations, manufacturing technology providers, career and technical schools, community colleges, and engineering schools. Summit attendees will also have an opportunity to visit IMTS, North America’s largest industrial trade show, which features the world’s most innovative manufacturing technology, attracting more than 100,000 visitors to exhibition space totaling more than 1 million square feet.
“The importance of STEM education has been a hot topic because of the value it delivers for careers and for the overall economy. With manufacturing experiencing a massive shortage of skilled workers, we really want students to see first-hand the fantastic career opportunities available within the industry,” said Greg Jones, AMT Vice President, Smartforce Development. “We’ve seen an increase in STEM programs and STEM academies around the country, and the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS provides an ideal venue for students and educators to experience real-world examples that connect STEM education to rewarding career choices.”
Students have long been a part of IMTS, with school groups, scouting troops and others touring the show floor to gain an understanding of the technologies utilized within manufacturing. The Smartforce Student Summit will ramp up the student experience at IMTS by offering speakers, hands-on displays, and a chance for students to interact one-on-one with young manufacturing professionals.
Information about the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS is available at www.IMTS.com/student, including program details, a calendar save-the-date, and registration for additional notifications about the event.
About AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members — those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. www.AMTonline.org
About IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show
The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2014 will run September 8-13. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world's preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 100,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 119 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. www.IMTS.com
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