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Students in the machine tool technology program get hands-on experience in the trade. (Photo courtesy of Alexandria Technical and Community College)

Baby boomer babies not fulfilling American dream

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We don't have flying cars yet but the advancement of manufacturing between yesteryear and today is akin to the difference between Fred Flintstone craning rock at Slate Rock and Gravel Company and George Jetson operating R.U.D.I. at Spacely's Sprockets.


A lot has changed in the industry during the past century. Still, the number of vacancies outnumbers the quantity of machinists graduating each year.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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