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Manufacturing Group | February 14, 2014

Project Lead The Way president to deliver opening day keynote at Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014.

McLean, Virginia - AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology is proud to announce that Vince Bertram, president, Project Lead The Way, will deliver the keynote address on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, opening day of the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014. Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs.  

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show is the largest industrial trade show in the Americas, drawing more than 100,000 visitors and featuring 1,900 exhibitors. The Smartforce Student Summit is held in conjunction with IMTS and gives students a first-hand, interactive view of manufacturing technology, in addition to promoting careers in the industry.

“The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS is a great way to introduce young people to the exciting innovations in manufacturing technology,” said Greg Jones, vice president, Smartforce Development, AMT. “We want students as well as parents and educators to understand that today’s manufacturing industry is vastly different than 20 years ago. The program will emphasize the importance of STEM education in pursuing high-value careers in today’s high-tech manufacturing facilities.” 

“Asking Vince Bertram to kick off the Smartforce Student Summit seemed like a natural fit and AMT is honored that he has agreed to take part,” Jones said. 

Project Lead The Way reaches more than 600,000 students in more than 5,000 schools nationwide. Its five programs of study offer a different approach to learning and teaching, empowering students to identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. 

I am thrilled to participate in the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS,” Bertram says. “Promoting and encouraging students to pursue outstanding career opportunities, especially those in the high-tech, high-demand world of manufacturing fits very well with the mission of Project Lead The Way to prepare students for the global economy. Bertram will present a keynote address titled “Building America’s Future: Students, STEM, and the Global Economy,” discussing the role of STEM education in equipping students with the skills and experiences that will prepare them for success in their education and careers. 

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS will be held from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sept. 8-13, 2014 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Source: AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and IMTS

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