Manufacturing careers offer competitive salaries and exciting opportunities to be on the cutting edge of new technologies and products. Unfortunately, they are often misunderstood in the eyes of young people and the parents and educators who influence them. To address this misconception, industry associations, educators, political leaders, manufacturers, and others have organized and executed initiatives to address the skills gap and to achieve a greater positive perception of manufacturing. “Dream It. Do It.” is one of those initiatives.

The State of Louisiana has joined “Dream It. Do It.”, which was developed by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute to showcase the incredible opportunities available in manufacturing to youth from elementary to post-secondary. “Dream It. Do It.” connects parents, students, educators and manufacturers through student and educator tours of manufacturing facilities, classroom visits, and other activities.

Our region has joined with partners across the state of Louisiana to increase manufacturing awareness by providing more opportunities for students and manufacturers to connect. We hope to achieve this goal by working with manufacturers in our region to o er tours and presentations during this year’s National Manufacturing Week (October 3-7, 2016) and by encouraging local high schools to participate in these activities.

The Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance (NELEA) is the regional coordinator for National Manufacturing Week. You can contact them at:

Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance (NELEA)
204 Fair Ave
Winnsboro, LA 71295

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