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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2013 — SME’s Director of Professional Development, Jeannine Kunz, will be addressing the House Manufacturing Caucus on workforce development on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Kunz has spent the last 10 years helping companies, academia and individuals find solutions to their most pressing workforce and training challenges. SME has worked with the Institute for Defense Analysis to develop manufacturing core competencies for the aerospace and defense sector.

The invited panel of experts is exploring best practices and policies for development the workforce development to sustain U.S. domestic manufacturing into the future. Other panelists include:

  • Lynn Freid, Finger Lakes Community College — Freid, director of workforce development at Finger Lakes Community College, will discuss ways community colleges can partner with local manufacturers.
  • Joe W. Arnold, BASF Corp. — BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. BASF is investing millions in supporting STEM education.
  • Gregory Henschel, Department of Education — Henschel is a senior research analyst for the Department of Educations’ office of Vocational and Adult Education. He specializes in workforce development, community colleges, career pathways in manufacturing and sustainability education.

The caucus strives to highlight the presence of manufacturing in every Congressional District nationwide with monthly events, email updates and member initiatives. So far this year, the caucus has 90 members representing districts from across the country.

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