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Gale Tenen Spak, Ph.D., NJIT associate vice president for Continuing Professional Education, has been invited to the 8th International Conference on New Horizons in Education (INTE 2017) to be held in Berlin, Germany July 17-19, 2017. The main aim of this conference is to bring scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals and other groups interested in education to present their work in educational studies. It provides an opportunity for academics and professionals to share their knowledge, research findings and educational practices with colleagues and serves to further the advancement and innovation in learning and teaching.

Spak, who will be representing Samuel Lieber, Ph.D., program advisor for Manufacturing Engineering Technology; and Sally Nadler, project manager for NJ MechaFORCE℠, will discuss the NJ MechaFORCE℠ Registered Internship Manufacturing Program (M-RIM℠), a career and educational program designed to reverse severe manufacturing workforce shortages in factories.

Developed by NJIT and initially commissioned by industry, M-RIM℠ readies high school students and millennials for professional careers in New Jersey’s small and midsized manufacturing firms. Its scalable and flexible approach enables high schools and academic and continuing education units of two and four-year colleges the opportunity to offer young and adult learners industry-valued skills, credentials and degrees in modern manufacturing. Additionally, manufacturers benefit through an increase in skilled manufacturing talent.

Spak, who through the German American Chamber of Commerce, has also been invited to visit German manufacturers with facilities in the U.S. to exchange ideas and share experiences. According to Spak, "At its heart, M-RIM℠ program is an educational innovation which is enabling U.S. manufacturers to guide the content of what educators teach. That M-RIM℠ has come this far is a tribute to what NJIT has learned from the German apprenticeship model and with the assistance of the German American Chamber of Commerce, we have been able to adapt a globally recognized model to the American context."