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Chuck Hadden

President and CEO
Michigan Manufacturers Association

  • Named President and CEO on September 15, 2008
  • 15+ years of experience with the nearly 3,000-member MMA; previously public policy officer and lead lobbyist representing manufacturers before the legislature and state agencies on a broad range of issues, including taxation, product liability, employment and insurance; instrumental in obtaining passage of legislation, including restructuring of Michigan's tax and energy policies, that will benefit the manufacturing sector for years to come
  • Certified Association Executive (CAE), American Society of Association Executives, 2004; Finance for Executives Program, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2009
  • Graduate of Alma College, coursework in Administrative and Organizational Behavior with Central Michigan University's Master of Arts Program

Summer Offers Opportunities to Connect with Students

by Chuck Hadden
Michigan Manufacturers Association

May is a great time to focus on talent and work to recruit students to get involved at your manufacturing facility. Manufacturers across the country are grappling with the skilled worker shortage as they struggle to find the talent they need to meet their growing demands. Developing a summer internship program, hosting a facility open house and connecting with your local community college and other available resources are a few of the ways you can start to tackle the talent epidemic today.

Develop an Internship Program
Internships are a great way to introduce students to the world of today's advanced manufacturing and change the misconception most students, parents and others have about career choices in manufacturing. Internships are limited in time, lasting about three months - or the length of summer break - and can be full- or part-time opportunities. Internships vary from short-term employment, like that of a temporary worker, by having a focused learning agenda that includes objectives, observation, reflection and evaluation. Your local community college can assist you in developing your internship program plan, job descriptions, implementation and recruiting.

Host an Open House 
Open houses provide manufacturers with a low-cost, low-commitment opportunity to spotlight the tremendous contributions they make to their local communities every day. Consider connecting with your community and local school districts by hosting an open house and plant tour. Also reach out to your local media, neighboring businesses and school districts to connect with and engage students and their parents to consider a career in today's manufacturing industry.

Leverage Resources
The Michigan Manufacturers Association provides resources to members to help develop internship programs and host facility tours. Community colleges and state employment agencies can help as well. Take full advantage of the resources and services these organizations offer to help you tackle the talent crisis.

For more information on MMA's Talent Crisis initiatives and workforce development partnerships, visit the MMA website: www.mma-net.org.

Michigan Manufacturers Association 
The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) is the state's leading advocate exclusively devoted to promoting and maintaining a business climate favorable to industry. MMA's goal is to make it possible for Michigan manufacturers to compete successfully in the national and international marketplaces.

Through effective representation of its membership before the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government on issues of importance to the manufacturing community, MMA works to foster a strong and expanding manufacturing base in Michigan. For more information, visit mma-net.org or call Amy Schirado, MMA Vice President of Communications and Marketing, at 517-487-8513.

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