A new advanced manufacturing education and workforce training outreach initiative has been launched by NextFlex, the Department of Defense Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII)

MMI has partnered with Capital Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) to educate underrepresented communities in the Northern Virginia region on career pathways for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based education.

“This initiative, along with other MII education and workforce development programs, will build a future STEM workforce, ensure a resilient manufacturing economy, and promote an enduring national defense industrial base,”  said Dr. Robert Irie, deputy director of Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)).

The technology, Flexible hybrid electronics, is used for assembling electronic circuits by mounting flexible plastic substrates.

The primary purpose of the initiative is to familiarize students with advanced technologies and the education pathways leading to careers in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Photo by Capital Youth Empowerment Program