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By Beverly Riddick, Ready To Work Business Collaborative

Manufacturing Day is right around the corner – Friday, October 6, 2017  – and there are 1,724 events and counting scheduled nationwide. MFG Day originated in 2012 with the aim to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and celebrate advanced manufacturing.

By Ashley Smith, Contributor, RTWBC

The domestic wine industry is booming and it seems there is fertile economic ground to grow on. Wine Business Monthly reported last year that the United States has 8,702 wineries, a 5 percent increase from the 8,287 in operation the previous year.

By Beverly M. Riddick, RTWBC

When it comes to efforts to close the skills gap, U.S. Bank and the STEP-UP program are on the leading edge of the curve. Student participants gain corporate experience from an early age to help them get a “step up” the skills ladder.

By Ashley Smith, Contributor, RTWBC

Why does anyone pursue higher education and training? To get a better job when they graduate. Unfortunately, there remains a chasm between education and industry: students often do not graduate with the skills employers look for, so those ‘better jobs’ are difficult to land.

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