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Area community colleges are working with businesses to help fill the gap in workforce skills Greater Philadelphia’s manufacturing companies have a problem. They have jobs available, but too few folks are qualified to fill them. Just ask Kip Anthony, president of Horsh-am-based manufacturer EFE Labs that’s been in business for 40 years. Anthony said the issue starts before students even graduate from college because they’re not thinking about the manufac-turing industry as an option during and after they leave school. “A lot of younger people come into the aca-demic channel thinking about tech in terms of software, apps and a service sector,” he said. “Not a lot of them have thought about manufacturing. Society is out of sync about where manufacturing is at. There’s a disconnect.” Anthony isn’t alone. Companies nationwide are struggling to find skilled labor in today’s manu-facturing economy, according to a report released this month by accounting...

College Snapshots

More than 110 Philadelphia high school students visited the College in April to participate in Big Bang STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) Career Day. Students from Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts; the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts; Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice; Universal Audenreid Charter High School;, Kensington Urban; MaST Community Charter School; Franklin Learning Center; First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School  and Kensington Health Sciences Academy spent their afternoon exploring Community College of Philadelphia’s STEM programs, and learning all about the various career paths available to them. For Muhammad Halter, a junior at Kensington Health Sciences, this was his first visit to a college campus. “I wanted to come here, see a community college, and see where I could go,” he said. High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors also enjoyed interactive activities such as “BYOD” Bring Your Own Device, which allowed them to use cell phones and tablets to participate in live polls. They also visited classrooms where they participated in delicious experiments such as learning to make chocolate that melts in your mouth.

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