Preparing Students for Tomorrow's Workforce


From Bill Mueller, CEO of Valley Vision - a Sacramento-Stockton organization working regionally on forward-looking strategies. We love what Bill has to say about the changing need for effective education to create better workers for the changing economy.

Some highlights:

Manufacturing…is undergoing a renaissance due to technology and the advantages of local suppliers and the need for quality control.

[F]ocus on skills, not titles.  Job titles are in flux.  They don’t predict what an employee will be doing [Build] a solid base of skills and fluency applicable to many occupations.  Generalist[s] eager to learn are more hire-able than specialists in most cases.

See his full post for more.

Fab City Book - Read it online, or get a printed copy of your own!

The Barcelona Fab City team has made their new book available to view online, and a print-to-order version is also available. The book - Fab City: The Mass Distribution of (Almost) Anything, is overflowing with case studies from around the world, and essays written by thought leaders in the Fab City movement.

Read it below, or click on the button to order printed copies.

November 8 is Manufacturing Day for Oakland High School Students

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November 8 is Oakland Manufacturing Day. 200 local students and other community partners will visit several Oakland manufucturers, and tour the skilled trade training programs at Laney College. 14 Oakland public high schools will be represented, representing communities throughout the city.

Local manufacturers are facing a critical shortage of workers, and inspiring our young people to pursue professional work in this sector is an important part of Fab City efforts.

Fab Lab partners working to provide emergency homeless shelters in Rochester, NY

Bill Young, engineer at ShopBot, has co-created an open source design for a temporary flat-pack building design. It’s called Shelter 2.0, and has so far been fabricated by several dozen partners around the world. Bill is iterating on the design, and is currently working to find ways to make the Shelter in sites without expensive tooling, and finding partners who can make use of the structure to help solve problems. He hopes to see the Shelter help solve transitional housing needs of homeless in US cities, and is working with House of Mercy, a shelter in Rochester NY, to encourage them to adopt the structure to help with their growing local client population.

We’re in early days of a conversation here in Oakland about how this sort of project and other resources of the global Fab Lab network can help with problems we have here, today.

Join the conversation at @goElevatorWorks - we’d love to hear your thoughts.


This Friday - Manufacturing Day in San Leandro

Courtesy of the City of San Leandro - see details below:

San Leandro’s long history of making and manufacturing continues to thrive with our participation in this year’s Manufacturing Day, October 5th 2018. Some of the events scheduled for this day:

  • Scandic Springs Tour from 8am to noon (register here)

  • Urban Bloc Tours at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30am (transforming shipping containers? Cool! Register here)

  • General Foundry Service Tour at 10am (If you’ve never been in a foundry, this is a must see. Register here, and note that you’ll need closed toe shoes)

  • Halus Power Systems Tour from 1:00 – 2:00pm (remanufacturing 100kw wind turbines. Register here)

  • 21st Amendment Brewery Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm (register here)

  • Manufacturer’s Appreciation Event at Drake’s First Friday – 4:30pm – 6:30pm (learn more and RSVP here)

Here’s a map of these events for ease of navigating, and more information about this fascinating day.