5. Festo brings the German apprenticeship model to the U.S.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the need for a revolution in this country in post-secondary education, particularly related to STEM education. We should not be pushing all of our people into four-year colleges, especially because many don’t really want to go that route and struggle to graduate in that time, coming out with backbreaking debt. But they, and their parents, are brainwashed that is what is best for them. And this has put a stigma on technical or vocational training in this country.
In my predictive column of where technology is heading in 2026, I wrote about how we need a return to the apprenticeship style of education. And I was delighted when I heard two weeks ago that Festo Didactic has launched a pilot program at its new Mason, Ohio assembly plant, in what it hopes will be come a nationwide apprenticeship program.