Virtual Institute on Attracting Women to Skilled Manufacturing Careers – Sept. 15-16

Discuss best practices for hiring, training, and retaining women and help the manufacturing industry build a more robust talent pipeline.

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 Tuesday, September 15

Why Women: The Importance of Women to the Manufacturing Sector

Hear from federal officials and national and local leaders about the impact women workers have had and can have in the manufacturing sector. Then, catch an honest discussion between tradeswomen and employers as they strategize collective solutions for recruiting and retaining women in manufacturing. 

Wednesday, September 16

What Works: Recruiting and Retaining Women in Manufacturing

Learn how to address implicit bias in application and assessment practices and how to create an equitable preparatory/pre-apprenticeship program. Then, understand the experiences of women of color in manufacturing, and gain practical skills in understanding microaggressions and becoming an ally in support of tradeswomen’s success.

Join JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based LearningChicago Women in the Trades, and West Virginia Women Work Inc. on September 15 and 16, 2020 for a virtual institute on hiring and supporting women in manufacturing careers.

This free Introduction to Equity and Inclusion event will provide manufacturing industry leaders with a unique opportunity to learn about best practices and hear from federal officials, national leaders and tradeswomen about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

This event is hosted by JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning, Chicago Women in the Trades and West Virginia Women Work, Inc. It is made possible by an Industry Partner Intermediary contract with the U.S. Department of Labor.

SVMI Virtual Manufacturing Career Day – Oct. 2

To inspire students to consider manufacturing careers, Sacramento area businesses are hosting virtual tours and giving presentations to classes in celebration of National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 2. This event is being sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturers Initiative (SVMI).

The goal is to connect employers with the rising generation of students and expose them to career options related to manufacturing, explained Steve Dicus, Advanced Manufacturing North Region, California Community Colleges.  “Each presentation will be a standalone event,” said Dicus.  “The 45-minute sessions will show where the presenters work and some of the typical tools they use, as well as include a discussion of typical tasks and daily activities.  In addition, the presenters will address the pay range for their particular careers, the training and certification needed, and future outlook for these careers.”

The presenters include:

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Technical Tester
  • Process Engineer
  • Welder
  • Quality Assurance & Inspection
  • CNC machine operator

Additionally, the presenters are being asked to share:

  • What made you interested in this career?

  • What was your path to getting to this position?

  • What was the most helpful class in school and why?

  • What is the best advice for someone getting into this career?

Instructors should contact Steve Dicus if they’d like to participate in these live presentations on October 2. There will be morning and afternoon sessions.

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute are the sponsors of National Manufacturing Day across the United States.

Sierra College Plans Advanced Manufacturing Labs

Franz Veitschegger, department chair, announced that Advanced Manufacturing at Sierra College will have classes this Fall 2020 semester. As essential skills, on-campus labs preparing students with CNC skills for Sacramento area manufacturing careers will be back for Fall 2020 classes. Courses begin August 24. Learn more at the Sierra College website.

Lab sessions will be on campus for ADVM 63, 64, 66, and 67 courses. The 62 class (CAD/CAM/ Machining Theory) will be available all online with structured courses. 

More details on the courses:

ADVM 0062 – CAD/CAM using Fusion 360 and Machining Theory

ADVM 0063 – Intro to laser, water jet, plasma cutting, assembly and forming. Turning 2 Dimensional sheet goods into functional three dimensional parts.

ADVM 0064- Focusing on Plasma cutting and two dimensional cutting techniques

ADVM 0066 – CNC machining and inspection

ADVM 0067 – Advanced CNC machining and inspection

Makers to Entrepreneurial Careers – Sierra College Video

From machining to mechatronics, many students dream of turning their idea or prototype into a business someday. At Sierra College, the interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship program helps students find their inner entrepreneur.

The business planning class is based on Adobe® Kickbox model, the college connects students to a mentor network of successful founders and certificates prepare students from any major to become entrepreneurs.

In this video, a veteran and Sierra College student shares how he started producing vests after taking classes and uses the makerspace to manufacture products. Faculty members who are also serial entrepreneurs explain the program. Share this video with your students:

Information Technology Careers at Sierra College Video

Manufacturers, like most businesses, have a need for employees with Information Technology skills.

The IT program at Sierra College includes: networking, cyber security, data analytics, cloud computing and machine learning. Sierra College has been named a Center of Excellence for Cyber Security by the US Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Classes prepare students for many industry recognized certifications. Check out this video to learn more about IT Careers:

Sierra College Welding Careers Video

The Sierra College Welding program just posted a video featuring students, faculty members and industry partners sharing their passion for welding.