The Manufacturing Institute partners with University of Phoenix to Offer Innovative Scholarship Program

   The Manufacturing Institute partners with University of Phoenix to Offer
                        Innovative Scholarship Program

Scholarship focuses on educating the current manufacturing workforce

PR Newswire

PHOENIX, March 6, 2013

PHOENIX, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Manufacturing Institute, a
non-profit, non-partisan education and research affiliate of the National
Association of Manufacturers (NAM), has joined University of Phoenix, a
subsidiary of Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL), to offer the third annual
Manufacturing Institute Scholarship program.

In 2013, The Manufacturing Institute will award ten full-tuition scholarships
to current or transitioning manufacturing employees and students completing
community college or industry-recognized credentials in manufacturing. Each
scholarship allows a prospective student the opportunity to complete an
undergraduate or master's degree program at University of Phoenix. Recipients
may choose to attend a University of Phoenix on-ground campus or may attend
University of Phoenix online.

"The American economy is resting on the shoulders of the manufacturing
industry right now," said Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing
Institute. "Manufacturing employers need to empower their employees through
continuing education. Our efforts at the Manufacturing Institute, including
the 2013 scholarship program, support manufacturers in attracting, qualifying
and developing their workforce."

The "skills gap" has become increasingly evident in recent years, hitting the
manufacturing industry especially hard. Manufacturers are currently unable to
fill nearly 600,000 skilled positions. In fact, a recent survey by Deloitte
and The Manufacturing Institute found that nearly 70 percent of manufacturing
companies nationwide are facing a moderate to severe shortage of available,
skilled workers. The 2013 Manufacturing Institute Scholarship program aids
the effort to close the skills gap, giving employers an avenue to encourage
their workforce to attain educational credentials that will facilitate career
success.

"The skills gap in America is a growing concern," said Tim Welsh, Senior Vice
President, National Industry Strategy Group at University of Phoenix. "For
the first time in history, a generation of Americans may be less educated than
their parents and grandparents. At University of Phoenix, we believe that it
is crucial for educators and employers to join together to advance our
workforce and our economy through growing the manufacturing industry."

The Manufacturing Institute aims to research and support manufacturing
excellence, innovation, and talent and deliver solutions to keep manufacturers
in America globally competitive. The Manufacturing Institute is the authority
on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class manufacturing
talent.

For years, University of Phoenix workforce development initiatives,
educational partnerships, corporate alliances, and scholarship programs have
been focused on this same goal – closing the nationwide skills gap and putting
America back to work. University of Phoenix has worked with The Manufacturing
Institute to design specialized curriculum that reflects up-to-the-minute
needs of manufacturing employers, giving graduates a competitive edge in the
workforce and allowing employers to fill thousands of skilled positions.
Their efforts have resulted in the successful and innovative Bachelor of
Science in Management with a concentration Manufacturing Sector degree
program.

To learn more about the third annual Manufacturing Institute Scholarship
program, visit www.phoenix.edu/MIscholar.

To learn more about University of Phoenix's efforts to better equip the
American workforce through innovative partnerships, learning tools, and
program offerings, visit www.apollogrp.edu/workforce.

About The Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501 (c) 3 affiliate of the
National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the
Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to
the nation's manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction,
qualification, and development of world- class manufacturing talent. Visit
www.themanufacturinginstitute.org

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance
education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules,
challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal
and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. It's this link
between education and careers that is at the core of the University's
efforts. As the flagship university ofApollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL),
University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate,
bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning
centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more
information, visit http://www.phoenix.edu.

SOURCE University of Phoenix; The Manufacturing Institute

Website: http://www.phoenix.edu
Website: http://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org
Contact: media, Ryan Rauzon, University of Phoenix, +1-916-599-2911,
ryan.rauzon@apollogrp.edu, or Jacey Wilkins, The Manufacturing Institute,
+1-202-637-3493, jwilkins@nam.org