When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., over 10,000 people showed up to apply for 800 positions. Sadly, fewer than 15 percent of the applicants were able to pass the screening test geared toward a ninth-grade Math and Reading level. Read more to see how Siemens and other companies are partnering with community colleges to provide the academic and technical skills needed for today’s factory-floor positions by creating pathways through education that lead to them. Contact Martha Ponge at [email protected] to learn more about how MACNY is building manufacturing career pathways in Central New York.

Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required (New York Times)