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I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference and Expo for high school students

June 2, 2021 @ 9:30 am 1:15 pm MDT

On June 1st and 2nd, Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium (INWAC) and Forging Futures Idaho are hosting the I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference and Expo for high school and college students.
This free event will showcase the variety of opportunities available in aerospace to tomorrow’s skilled workforce and be streamed live to students across Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Registration for the high school track will be limited to classrooms.

This high school track is free for high school classes throughout Idaho, Montana, and Washington to learn about opportunities available in aerospace manufacturing and participate directly with experts in the industry. It will be held virtually and we encourage high school faculty to facilitate classroom participation for a more constructive experience, rather than direct students to individually register.

All responses are being collected and will be added to the virtual platform, Hubilo. Prior to the event start date, you will receive an email asking you to log in and create a profile on Hubilo in order to participate.

Details

Date:
June 2
Time:
9:30 am – 1:15 pm MDT
Website:
https://forms.gle/Vm7QwLzqrnrfMZ6N8

Organizer

Forging Futures
Phone:
(208) 550-9296
Email:
forgingfutures@idmfg.org

I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference and Expo for college students

June 1, 2021 @ 12:15 pm 4:35 pm MDT

On June 1st and 2nd, Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium (INWAC) and Forging Futures Idaho are hosting the I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference and Expo for high school and college students.


This free event will showcase the variety of opportunities available in aerospace to tomorrow’s skilled workforce and be streamed live to students across Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Registration for the high school track will be limited to classrooms.

Details

Date:
June 1
Time:
12:15 pm – 4:35 pm MDT
Website:
https://forms.gle/nHCPUpMpQ1QuFVWv7

Organizer

Forging Futures
Phone:
(208) 550-9296
Email:
forgingfutures@idmfg.org

What is Manufacturing and Why is it Important in Idaho?

There are several spins on adages of how important manufacturing is in our world, whether “it’s the cornerstone of our economy”, “the backbone of America”, or “the lifeblood of any nation”. These terms and their variation exist for good reason as manufacturing is intertwined with every other industry and integral to the basic operations within society. 

But what is manufacturing? In simple terms, manufacturing is the creation of products or goods from raw materials; it creates these products by using human labor, machinery, tools, and chemical or biological processes. From there, the products can then be sold to other manufacturers for further production or to consumers through wholesalers, retailers, or directly through catalog or website. Think about your car, the furniture you sit on or sleep in, or that computer you’re using—all of that came to be through the manufacturing process. 

As a result of how important manufacturing is to our day-to-day, it is constantly transforming through changing needs and innovations in technology and processes. We’ve come a long way since the introduction of interchangeable parts; in fact, we’re currently undergoing the 4th industrial revolution as we see an increase in automation and smart-systems in the industry. Manufacturing has hit some rough patches over the last few decades as production was shipped outside of the country and the industry was given a misplaced reputation for unskilled labor, but its future is bright as operations become safer and more efficient and the jobs evolve within the industry, especially here in Idaho. 

Idaho is fertile ground for both employers and talent interested in manufacturing opportunities as it has one of the fastest growing workforces, business friendliness, and recognition as one of the best states to live in. The communal, yet independent mentality throughout the state positions Idahoans to succeed and it is showing with our economy. Idaho is now home to over 1800 manufacturers and is seeing a huge growth in population through migration; however, even though we are seeing a low unemployment rate, we are in the back of the pack when it comes to other important metrics in educational success and percentage of Idahoans earning minimum wages.

Creating talent pipelines into living wage careers in Idaho can shift the focus to providing current and future job-seekers with actual skills and training that are valued in the workplace and build up our communities’ prosperity throughout the state. With an average wage that nears the highest for private-sector pay, there are many great opportunities that exist in the industry—whether it’s for a labor force that gains on the job (OTJ) technical skills to climb the economic ladder or individuals with advanced formal degrees for an extremely rewarding career. Our goal is to lead the conversation and open the window for success in Idaho with manufacturing.