Unfortunately, the reporter missed an opportunity to inquire with the ALCOA president, who is from Germany, about the differences between the education systems in the two countries in areas such as technical skill preparation and internships with industry.
I mostly saw the CBS segment as a chance for employment, for some members of Free Republica who are out of work. Also, it may stimulate some to get the skills about which you write; tx.
“Just as in Nevada, it is also helping adult students get the needed skills for operating CNC machines”
I am close to several CNC machine tool dealers in my very large metropolitan area. They aren’t selling anything.
Many customers delayed orders through the summer, waiting to
see what happened with the election. They will not buy
a 100K+ lathe or vertical machining center now with
Bozocare firmly in place for the foreseeable future. The
smaller machine shops might still go ahead and place orders
since they are below 50 employees and not subject to the
law. However, the customers that these shops depend on WILL
be affected by Bozocare and many shops expect orders to
slow significantly. If we dive off the fiscal cliff, defense
projects that involve precision machining (and most do)
will stop or be cancelled when the draconian cuts take
affect. That means much less machined parts orders from the
big defense boys and the mid level suppliers.
Not a good situation for the CNC shop business.