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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NKY Forum Event: Manufacturer Need Workers

Made in NKY: Manufacturers Recruiting for High-Tech Career Pathways
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There are well-paying, challenging jobs going unfilled in Northern Kentucky as the advanced manufacturing sector expands. Our public education institutions, including our high schools, Gateway Community & Technical College, and Northern Kentucky University, are committed to preparing students for the sector.  But public awareness and perception haven’t caught up with the opportunities.

The next Northern Kentucky Forum will guide you through the emergence of this sector. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of the dynamic changes happening in the local economy.
The free, public event, “Made in NKY: Manufacturers Recruiting for High-Tech Career Pathways,” will be on Sept. 14 at Mazak Corporation in Florence.

“The public perception of a ‘factory job’ is stuck in 20th Century stereotype. The 21st Century factory job is higher tech, higher skilled and higher paying,” said Carla Landon, chair of the Northern Kentucky Forum. “Our panelists will give you a greater sense of this exciting change in the workforce and how it is playing out in our region.”

Last summer, a coalition of industry leaders, educators and others launched a campaign titled “I Made it in NKy” to showcase advanced manufacturing opportunities. The Forum on Sept. 14 will look at that campaign, including how the concepts of design thinking were used to create the campaign. Panelists also will discuss the burgeoning demand for advanced manufacturing employees and how our region is working to meet that demand.

The Forum is a collaboration of Legacy, Skyward and Northern Kentucky University’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. The partners are committed to community dialogue on public affairs in Northern Kentucky. Joining the Forum in presenting this event is Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a collaboration of industry leaders, educators and others in the tri-state. Learn more at

Presenters Include:
Mike Vogt, VP Human Resources & General Affairs, Mazak Corporation
Ramsey Ford, Design Director, Design Impact
Ed Ratterman, Director, Northern Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development Coalition
“I Made it in NKY” campaign featured workers

Event Details:
When: Monday, September 14
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mazak Corporation Auditorium, 8025 Production Dr., Florence, KY 41042
Admission: This event is FREE and open to the public.
Registration: Visit to register.
Information: Please visit us online at

About the Northern Kentucky Forum:
The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Skyward and Legacy − three nonpartisan groups in Northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement. The Forum conducts several "public square" events each year around current events and public policy in locations across Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties. Forum events are free and open to the public.

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