Columbus to Grow STEM and Economy In 2015

If you’re not familiar with Columbus, Nebraska, you may want to acquaint yourself. The town of 22,000 was established early in 1856 by the citizens of Columbus, Ohio who dreamed of establishing a town along the transcontinental railway. The town has always been a center of industry, as the hub for railroad branch lines like […]

How Manufacturing Can Save the Economy

Drew Greenblatt, president of Marlin Steel, recently noted that manufacturing truly has the potential to help save the economy. However, there are some key gaps that are preventing that from being able to happen. In an article for Inc., he identified some of the spots that make it difficult for manufacturing to truly, really make […]

4 Benefits of Attending Community College

Why should you take the time to go to a community college? It can sometimes be difficult to make the jump to higher education, even if it’s a community college rather than a university. Especially for those considering careers in technical or skilled fields, it might seem just fine to head straight into the workforce– […]

Just In Time: 3D Printing Saves the Day!

One of the main benefits of the 3D printing process is the speed at which the printers can produce parts, products, and more. Especially as printers become increasingly quick to convert designs into reality (see “What if 3D Printing Became 100x Faster?”), all sorts of industries are finding new and exciting ways to use the manufacturing […]

The 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Conference Is Coming Up!

Each year, the Omaha-Eppley Airport is flooded with flights and travelers around the world making Omaha their final destination for the weekend. In early May, one of the largest events in the city takes place: The Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. This year, the Omaha World-Herald reported that this year’s conference […]

Scottsbluff Manufacturer Named Employer of the Year!

We love a good story about manufacturers in Nebraska who are not only doing an outstanding job, but also actively working to employ women in their workforce. Apparently, the Panhandle Business and Professional Women’s Association agreed, announcing Scottsbluff Manufacturer Western Sugar as their Employer of the Year last week. At a lunch on April 8th, […]

Creativity and Manufacturing: Where Do They Fit?

“Our ambivalence towards factories is part of the reason why the loss of manufacturing jobs in the ‘90s was often met with a shrug. No one welcomed the collapse of industry, but in the midst of the dot-com boom we imagined something better. We didn’t get it. As a result, manufacturing advances lagged behind the […]

Education Spotlight: University of Nebraska at Kearney

Last year around this time, we highlighted the outstanding industrial technology program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. While the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and at Omaha are often the schools typically associated with university STEM education in Nebraska, UN-Kearney is a really wonderful option for students who aren’t as set on living […]

Redefining “Blue Collar”

The terms “blue-collar” and “white-collar” are thrown around awfully frequently these days without much sense of what the terms actually mean, and what the modern connotations of their use actually are. Generally, blue-collar workers “perform labor jobs” and work with their hands. Theoretically, blue-collar workers employed in skilled trades like carpentry receive formal vocational education, […]

Engineering 101

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, engineering is defined as the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people. Sounds cool, right? But what does that really mean? What do engineers do for our society, and how do their career […]