Detroit-based LIFT Partners to Develop Training Program for STEM Teachers


The Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow in Detroit’s Corktown District and the ASM Educational Foundation have partnered to create a one-week training program for state middle and high school STEM teachers.

“Teachers are our most valuable resource to build an educated and skilled manufacturing workforce,” says Emily Stover DeRocco, workforce and education director for LIFT.

The program, to be held in July at the University of Michigan, will offer lessons in physical sciences and chemistry from an engineering perspective. At the camps, educators will work with metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Curriculum content on the use of lightweight metals and new technologies will be integrated into programs at 45 camps across the nation.

“Employers in the 5-state LIFT region including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee will need to fill nearly 500,000 manufacturing-related job vacancies created by an aging workforce in the coming decade,” says Larry Brown, executive director of LIFT. “Many of these jobs will require more highly skilled workers who understand new technologies like those being developed in our manufacturing innovation institute.”

LIFT opened earlier this year in Corktown along Rosa Parks Boulevard, south of Michigan Avenue. LIFT has also partnered with other organizations in the region to expand training programs for careers in high-tech manufacturing.

The camp will run from July 13-17. To learn more about the training programs, click here. â€‹