The Scott D. Morris Institute

Kearney High School was already getting a new building. Now, thanks to a generous donation from a pair of graduates, that building will be bigger by about 10,000 square feet. It’s even better news because the wing will be a benefit to manufacturing in Nebraska. In a press release last month, the school district announced […]

Skilled Workers In High Demand In Nebraska

For all of us here at NeMAC (and for all of us involved in the manufacturing industry at large), the good news has just kept on rolling in since the start of the New Year. Some of that has been reflected on our recent blog posts discussing jobs here in Nebraska: Brehmer Manufacturing Expanding and […]

Is a College Degree Really Worth It?

Let’s face it: college is expensive. And if you’re struggling to figure out what to make of all the information put in front of you about the cost of college, about student loans, or even about what path is right for you, it’s worth it to make sure that you have tools at your disposal […]

4 Things to Look for In a Manufacturing Education Program

Many of our posts these last couple of weeks have been about manufacturing education, and specifically, community colleges here in Nebraska that offer manufacturing education programs. We’re doing that for good reason–now is as good of a time as ever for getting involved in a career in manufacturing, and we want everyone to know about […]

The Decline of College?

Earlier this week, we stumbled upon an article that really got us thinking, and today, we thought we’d finally say something about it. The article, called “The Decline of College,” was written by Victor Hanson, a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. The main point of the article is this: for as long as many […]

4 Great Manufacturing Scholarships

Even though most community colleges and trade schools are much less expensive than 4-year institutions, you may still need or want financial help if you’re considering going into manufacturing. The good news is that there are a lot of manufacturing scholarships out there for anyone who needs a little help getting through school. We’ve compiled […]

Student Debt: The Facts You Need to Know

In a previous post, we gave an answer to the overwhelming problem of student debt: going to trade school and taking a job in manufacturing. Many manufacturing jobs are well-paying, have good benefits, and leave young people without any student debt. Think of it like this: many students these days think of college as job […]

Work Smart And Hard: Mike Rowe on the Skills Gap

Here at Manufacturing Nebraska, we talk so much about the skills gap because it’s such a profound problem. There are hundreds of thousands of jobs out there that need filling, but not enough people with the skills to work in those positions. It turns out that we’re not the only ones who think this is a […]

Circumventing Student Debt: The Economics of Trade School

So, there are 600,000 open manufacturing jobs in the United States–roughly. And those aren’t just jobs that anyone can walk into; the reason they’re open is because they require skilled workers. But that doesn’t always mean a four-year college, and it certainly doesn’t always mean student debt. The problem is, young people aren’t aware of many […]