Several years ago, I helped Anoka County Vo-Tech (now Anoka Technical College) create a precision sheet metal training program. Students of all ages and backgrounds are taught how to fabricate complex parts. They are not using tin snips and hammers, but rather state-of-the-art laser cutters and computer controlled bending machines. The training focuses on developing math skills, programming skills, and an ability to keep up with fast-paced technological changes. This is the future of American manufacturing and the future of America’s skilled work force.