The Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO) hosted the first-ever event to help educators in Georgia and South Carolina address the hard truth that at least 3.5 million jobs will open nationwide, many in manufacturing, by 2025 but that only 1.4 million of those jobs will actually be filled, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Partnerships between industry and education have proven successful. Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing (RPM) is one of several examples. RPM, a partnership between Textron Specialized Vehicles and the Richmond County School System (RCSS), helps students at risk of not graduating make up lost ground toward a high school diploma while earning income and real- world experiences. Students chosen for the program assemble parts and components for E-Z-Go golf carts and off-road vehicles.
“We’re giving these kids purpose and worth,” said Dr. Angela Pringle, Richmond County School System Superintendent. “We’re giving them opportunity and exposure. We’re getting them ready to go to college or right to work. We’re giving them a hand up, not a hand-out. RPM is a perfect example of how corporate America can motivate students.”
For more information on the Reaching Potential through Manufacturing (RPM) program, click here.
Conference photos provided by the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO). RPM photo provided by the RCSS Communications Department.