Only nobody calls it that.
Yesterday on NPR's All Things Considered, intrepid correspondent Melissa Block traveled to St. Louis to talk to voters about the election. She met a group of students at the Manufacturing Training Alliance, a nonprofit that "trains workers for today's skilled manufacturing jobs."
She talked to a range of people any of us might see in our local workforce programs. A young man who said he was going nowhere in his part time with U-Haul. A GM retiree who had to go back to work to help raise her grandchildren. An ex-offender. A laid-off bartender.
Click here to listen to the story or read the transcript. You'll see some great photos of the students too.
Here's the info about MTA that NPR didn't tell you:
MTA offers Missouri and Illinois residents industry certification programs in CNC machining and advanced manufacturing. They incorporate hands-on training with alternative classroom skills development in applied shop math, blueprint reading, computer skills and precision measuring. They partner with Florissant Valley Community College and Southwest Illinois Community College.
MTA is funded by the US Department of Labor, the Illinois and Missouri Workforce Investment Boards, the Greater St. Louis Empowerment Zone, United Way, Carpenters Joint Training Fund, Missouri Department of Secondary Education, Parents Fair Share, St. Patrick Center and private grants.
This is workforce development. I wish everybody knew that.