Student Summit Returns for IMTS 2014


The Smartforce Student Summit has been a place at IMTS where educators, administrators, students and parents can experience an in-depth introduction to manufacturing. The summit features interactive displays from national education organizations, manufacturing technology providers, career and technical schools, community colleges and engineering schools.

This year during IMTS 2014, the Smartforce Student Summit will take place Monday, September 8, through Saturday, September 13, which will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago.

“The importance of STEM education has been a hot topic because of the value it delivers for careers and for the overall economy,” says Greg Jones, Association for Manufacturing Technology V.P., Smartforce Development. With manufacturing experiencing a massive shortage of skilled workers, we really want students to see first-hand the fantastic career opportunities available within the industry.”

Students have long been a part of IMTS, with school groups, scouting troops and others touring the show floor to gain an understanding of the technologies utilized within manufacturing. The Smartforce Student Summit will ramp up the student experience at IMTS by offering speakers, hands-on displays, and a chance for students to interact one-on-one with young manufacturing professionals.

Information about the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS is available at, including program details, a calendar save-the-date and registration for additional notifications about the event.