Next Generation Manufacturing Challenge going on at MCC

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- The Next Generation Manufacturing Challenge has set up shop at Meridian Community College this weekend.

(Photo Source: WTOK-TV)

The project sets out to address the number one crisis facing the U.S. manufacturing industry, and that's a critical shortage of skilled workers. The challenge is a series of competitions in which teams, comprised of a mentor and students, compete against each other in five-axis machining and welding skills.

"Beyond the individual career path, the sound of that machine tool that you hear in the background, that is an economic freedom for the individual, an economic opportunity for the region and it's the sound of national security for our country," said Adele Ratcliff with the Department of Defense.

The competition will resume at 8:00 Saturday morning and run through 5:00 p.m.