Press Conference with Governor Nathan Deal & John Ratzenberger to Announce National Educational Initiative
Burnette, Arielle H. "Press Conference with Governor Nathan Deal and John Ratzenberger to Announce National Educational Initiative" Blog Post. Feb 18th, 2015: A press conference took place to announce that the state of Georgia is adopting and implementing the National Educational Initiative for the 2015-16 school year. Governor Nathan Deal will stand with John Ratzenberger as they stress the importance of America redefining the image of manufacturing to students across the country.
Georgia is the first state to adopt the National Educational Initiative as both the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Board of Education unanimously endorsed the incorporation of educational content related to career opportunities in STEM and manufacturing industries throughout all 932 public state middle and high schools. The National Educational Initiative made possible by, Clyde and Sandra Strickland, Metro Waterproofing and Frank Circelli will present a $1,000,000 check to students in the Georgia school system.
Georgia is the pioneer state in adopting the National Educational Initiative and continues to make strides in the manufacturing industry year after year. The implementation of this partnership will help to renew the image and importance of the skilled workforce for the next generation. "One of the most critical issues confronting Georgia manufacturers today is the shallow pool of work-ready talent interested in and capable of embarking on well-paying careers in manufacturing,” said Roy Bowen, President of The Georgia Association of Manufacturers. “ Achieving success with this endeavor is absolutely essential to ensuring the long term viability of Georgia's manufacturers and for Georgia to maintain its distinction as the #1 state in the U.S. for business.”
The National Educational Initiative also states that each middle school and high school class will watch the "American Made Movie", a documentary on the rise and fall of American manufacturing!