Kirkland, Wash. – April 10, 2019 – Leading2Lean today announced that they have awarded scholarships to two students who are pursuing a career in manufacturing technology at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech).
The two scholarship winners are McKenzie Gross of Granite Falls, WA and Christian Hogue of Lynnwood, WA. Each was awarded $1,250 to put towards the cost of their education. Both students are pursuing a degree in Welding Technology, a trade skill that is in very high demand, and are first-generation college students.
“We are living through an incredible skills gap in the manufacturing trade industry right now,” says Keith Barr, CEO and President of Leading2Lean. “The majority of students aren’t aware of this gap and the resulting high-paying and in-demand jobs that are available because of it. McKenzie and Christian understand the value in earning an education for such a skill, and we are truly honored to help them in their journey.”
Leading2Lean, a lean manufacturing software company, launched its Manufacturing Scholarship Fund in 2018 in an effort to support students who are pursuing an education within the manufacturing field. The company has pledged to promote worker engagement in the industry. Currently, manufacturing has a critical shortage of skilled workers.
According to the Manufacturing Institute, an estimated 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled over the next ten years, and 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled. LWTech’s School of Manufacturing is assisting in filling this gap by offering students manufacturing degrees in Welding, Machining, Electronics and Photonics Technology.
“Industry support, like that of Leading2Lean, helps to remove barriers to education for LWTech students,” commented LWTech President, Dr. Amy Morrison. “Scholarships are an integral part of our student’s pathway to completing their program and successfully entering the workforce.”
Manufacturers face complex challenges and utilize cutting edge technology to find solutions, and Leading2Lean seeks to motivate and inform future workers of the many financially rewarding career opportunities available, including tech jobs now common in the industry.
To learn more about the Leading2Lean Manufacturing Scholarship Fund, please visit www.leading2lean.com/scholarships.