County, Kentucky, public schools, for example, now extends from pre-kindergarten all the way through graduate school. Solving the workforce talent challenges is a multilateral endeavor that will likely involve schools, colleges, businesses, policymakers and nonprofits alike. The manufacturing industry needs support through the demographic and technological changes that lie ahead. Thanks in part to policies like tax and regulatory reform, manufacturing seems to be doing very well today. But this optimism can quickly dissipate if the skills shortage is not addressed in a compre- hensive way—and soon. INDUSTRY TODAY 11 FOCUS - MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR Carolyn Lee is executive director of The Manufacturing Institute.