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Manufacturing Institute Sees Demand for Reskilled Workers

eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) students, including displaced coal miners, find jobs during school closure; eKAMI’s focus on reskilling workers extends to staff, who leverage 3D printers to build and donate masks for frontline healthcare workers. 

"The Covid-19 situation revealed serious deficiencies in our domestic supply chain. As a result, we are already seeing signs of a resurgence in US manufacturing, as an increasing number of manufacturers prepare to reshore jobs." says Director Kathy Walker. “There remains a strong demand for high-skilled positions in advanced manufacturing, particularly in automation and robotics,” said Walker, who founded the eKAMI Haas Center along in 2017 to reskill displaced coal miners and other workers to build the quality workforce needed to attract manufacturing jobs to the region.