Chris Holman catches up with Virg Bernero, Executive Director, Capital Area Manufacturing Council, Lansing, MI, which is the Capital Area Michigan Works! MVP for March (Most Valuable Partner). They review the Council and a recent Awards Celebration.
To hear Virg and Chris discuss CAMC click play on the PodCasts below. • The Capital Area Manufacturing Council Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration was held on March 5. It included a meal, award ceremony, panel discussion and a Robotics Showcase featuring the teams from Waverly, Mason and Stockbridge high schools.
• The Workforce Champion award from Capital Area Michigan Works! was presented to Spartan Motors.
• The Business Excellence award from Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center was presented to Spartan Dental Lab.
• The Partner of the Year award from Lansing Community College was presented to Pratt & Whitney AutoAir, Inc.
• The Manufacturing Executive of the Year award was presented to Daryl Adams, President and CEO of Spartan Motors, Inc.
• The HR Professional of the Year award was presented to Julie Mann (Haak), Corporate HR Director at Neogen Corporation.
• The Distinguished Service award was presented to Jorge Ramos, CAMC board member and treasurer.
• The panel discussion on the Capital Area Talent Revolution highlighted the great things happening in this space, including the restructuring of local school curricula to create new pathways for career exploration and a stronger pipeline for manufacturing talent.
• The panel discussion also covered major new investments in our skilled trades training facilities (Wilson Talent Center) and new talent pipeline initiatives like the Marshall Plan, MI Bright Future and MiCareerQuest Capital Area.
• Cultivating the next generation of skilled workers is a key goal of area manufacturing employers.
• Many of the young people who are engaged in school robotics teams will build on their interest in science and technology by pursuing careers in engineering, design and other technical occupations.
• That’s why CAMC showcased the talents of capital area robotics students at this annual event. Our manufacturing members had a great opportunity to interact with a group of smart and creative young people and see first-hand the amazing machines that the next generation of designers and engineers are creating.
• For more information on Capital Area Manufacturing Council (CAMC), the manufacturing services we provide, collaboration on training or workforce development and business improvements, visit our website at www.camconline.org.