Edu2Mfg September 2021 Newsletter

In the September 2021 issue, Edu2Mfg announces plans for the Manufacturing Expo and National Manufacturing Day celebration in Sacramento on October 1, 2021. Additionally, the Train the Trainer and Lab Tour series of meetups for teachers have been very popular. Find out about design contests for students, new manufacturing labs in the Sacramento region and other relevant infomration for manufacturing educator and Career Technical Education teachers.

Read the Edu2Mfg Sept. 2021 newsletter.

Register Now for the SME Manufacturing Expo on Oct. 1

Sacramento manufacturers are planning the SME Manufacturing Expo 2021 on October 1 in Rancho Cordova to connect companies in the region and build the local supply chain. The event coincides with National Manufacturing Day that celebrates the impact of manufacturing on our communities, economies and quality of life. Companies can sign up now as sponsors and exhibitors, and attendee registration is also open at the Mfg Expo event website.

Since 2012, National Manufacturing Day has been held across the county on the first Friday of October, explained Jeff Briggs, regional director, Advanced Manufacturing North Region, California Community Colleges, hosted at Sierra College. “The goal of the SME Expo and National Manufacturing Day is to raise awareness of modern manufacturing’s impact on local communities, bring companies together to address shared challenges and inspire people to pursue well-paid, in-demand advanced manufacturing careers,” said Briggs. “Sierra College, Los Rios and Yuba community college districts as well as many of the regional high schools offer certificates and degrees in design, mechatronics, engineering, welding, making, maintenance and advanced manufacturing that build students’ skills so they can gain entry into this field.”

As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government entities and local communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Companies involved in everything from design and prototypes to finishing and assembly will benefit from attending, according to Larry Lewis, board chair, SME Sacramento Valley. “Sacramento manufacturers produce construction materials, food, vehicles, industrial fuels, electronics and health products that are used locally and shipped globally,” said Lewis. “There are outstanding career opportunities in this industry in sales, production, research, design, engineering and marketing. Many companies are currently hiring so we are encouraging educators, students and those seeking career opportunities in the industry to attend,” said Lewis.

Kevin McGrew, director of quality management, Siemens Mobility, Inc. and president, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance, will be the keynote speaker. The all-day event, held at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, will include industry panels, eight breakout sessions and time to network with exhibitors and attendees.

The Sacramento region is home to dozens of suppliers of high quality products, parts and manufacturing services that give local manufacturers a competitive advantage, explained Dean Peckham, executive director, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance. “The SME Manufacturing Expo is a unique opportunity for business leaders to make connections and identify vendors that can quickly produce and source needed materials,” said Peckham. “With worldwide shortages and supply chain disruptions, local connections are more valuable than ever to Sacramento manufacturers.”

Sign up now to exhibit at the SME Manufacturing Expo on October 1, 2021 and to register as an attendee.

Monthly Lab Tours Planned

As a result of teachers’ enthusiasm for the in-person lab tours hosted by colleges and high schools this summer, Jeff Briggs announced that Edu2Mfg and SVMA will continue to support these events during the school year. The plan is to offer a monthly tour on the second Saturday of the month. To get on the invitation list or to offer to host the group, use the Edu2Mfg contact form or email

Instructors Visit Golden Sierra Manufacturing Lab

On Tuesday July 27, Pete DeLosa, Manufacturing & Product Development teacher at Golden Sierra High School, hosted Career Technical Education instructors from three community colleges and four high schools. The event was supported by Edu2Mfg and SVMA. Delosa provided an overview of his program and described how his equipment and lab are set up.

Our host, Pete DeLosa, had us each participate in a ‘design and make’ challenge.

In addition, the group discussed some burning education topics and participated in a couple of the mini challenges that DeLosa uses with his students, explained Steve Dicus, California Community College North Region Advanced Manufacturing initiative.

“Our host, Pete DeLosa, had us each participate in a ‘design and make’ challenge that he uses with his students,” said Dicus. “We were given a single piece of 8″ x 10″ card stock and tasked to design and construct a bridge or structure that could span 36″ or more. All the participants had unique solutions for their designs.”

According to Dicus, the instructors were most engaged in sharing the “how to” of their teaching methods, explaining how they select and use equipment, and describing techniques for guiding students in developing advanced manufacturing skills.

DeLosa indicated that he appreciated the efforts of Dicus to make this collaboration with other manufacturing teachers possible. “Thanks to Steve for all his efforts to organize us,” said DeLosa. “I have learned so much from these events and Shop Talk calls with other Career Technical Education (CTE) instructors. I had a great time hosting today’s event and I’m looking forward to visiting other schools.”

Find more information on the Golden Sierra Manufacturing & Product Development program.

Group Tours New Manufacturing Lab in Folsom

On Thursday, July 29, Drew Bias hosted CTE instructors at Folsom High School’s new “State of the Art” Manufacturing & Product Design facility. There were 14 participants representing Los Rios and Sierra College Community College districts as well as seven school districts including: Black Oak Mine USD, EL Dorado HSD, Elk Grove USD, Folsom Cordova USD, Roseville JUHSD, San Juan USD and Western Placer USD. A representative from industry partner, Selway Machine Tool Company, also attended.

The event was organized by the California Community College North Region Advanced Manufacturing initiative to attract diverse educators and partners, offer hands-on learning experiences and build the local teacher community, explained Steve Dicus, Edu2Mfg. “Besides sharing ‘best practice’ ideas and equipment information, each participant had the opportunity to make a 3 1/2″ cube,” said Dicus.

“The walls of the cube were 1/8″ steel,” said Dicus. “The hollow centered cube was made of six sides with each side having a different dot configuration; numbered 1 to 6. On one surface of the 1/8″ flat stock, a CNC 3 axis mill and a 1/4″ end mill were used to scribe the 1/2″ DIA x 1/16″ deep dot(s) on each piece. The sixth piece each had a different number of dots: 1 to 6. The six sides were then welded together, creating the cube. This was followed by corners and edges being ground smooth.”

The lab is so new that equipment was being delivered during the tour. Learn more about the Manufacturing & Product Design program at Folsom High School.

Electric Vehicles: Cross-Sector Regional Advisory Series – August 27 & September 17

On Friday, August 27 and Friday, September 17, 2021, there will be an advisory series on emerging occupations in:  

  • Electrical Vehicle Maintenance
  • Charging Station Installation
  • Advanced Manufacturing of Components
  • Relevant Supply Chain Logistics

These cross sector events will examine occupations in Energy, Construction, and Utilities (ECU), Advanced Transportation and Logistics (ATL) and Advanced Manufacturing.  
As California makes the switch to widespread electric vehicle transportation, the Greater Sacramento Region is working to ensure that training programs keep pace and provide access to traditionally disinvested populations.
The first advisory will feature innovative practices from other colleges, examine existing inventory of training programs in our region, and present labor market and occupational trends in this rapidly changing field.

In the second advisory, a panel of employers and industry will discuss current and emerging skills needed across the range of electric vehicle related occupations.
Contact Valley Vision Project Associate Danielle Susa with any questions or for more information.

Read this California Community College report on Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicle Technologies Program Assessment of Automotive and Electrical Programs
in California Community Colleges.

Register Now for Fall Manufacturing Classes

At Sierra College, there are still some open seats in the Sierra College Mechatronics, Welding, Advanced Manufacturing and other fall courses. Learn more under Sierra College Applied Technologies.
Yuba College students can register for the introduction to CNC course and other classes. Learn more about Manufacturing Technology at Yuba College.
At Sacramento City College learn more about the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Technician program.
Folsom Lake College is offering Modern Making certificate.

Attend the Manufacturing Expo — October 2021

The Manufacturing Expo will be held on National Manufacturing Day, Friday, October 1 at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, located at 2729 Prospect Park Dr.

The theme of the 2021 SME Manufacturing Expo is: “Connecting the Regional Manufacturing Network,” explained Jeff Briggs, SME member and Regional Director, California Community Colleges (CCC) Advanced Manufacturing North Region (Edu2Mfg). “Instead of arranging tours at local manufacturers, we are encouraging industry, educators and students to come together at the Expo,” said Briggs.

Briggs indicated that businesses and organizations can sign up now to be exhibitors. “There are many benefits to being an exhibitor,” said Briggs. “Increase sales to local companies, recruit employees and connect with high school and college faculty members who are building the pipeline of future employees. National Manufacturing Day celebrates our robust manufacturing sector in the Sacramento region and makes the public aware of the innovation taking place and positive economic impact.” Learn more about how exhibitors can maximize the impact of supporting this event at the Expo website:

Edu2Mfg August 2021 Newsletter with Upcoming Events

The August newsletter produced by the California Community Colleges, Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, North Region provides an update on:

  • Manufacturing Expo October 1
  • Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program
  • College Courses leading to Manufacturing careers
  • Apprenticeship program supported by SVMA
  • Advisory meeting on new Energy, Transportation & Manufacturing careers
  • Upcoming CMTC Webinars
  • Summaries of lab tours offered by Edu2Mfg so teachers could exchange ideas
  • And much more in the August newsletter.

June 2021 Edu2Mfg Newsletter announces events

In the June issue of the Edu2Mfg newsletter, readers will find a summary of the “train the trainer” professional development for teachers, recent events such as a Mechatronics career fair, upcoming manufacturing courses in the region, new design challenge google drive where instructors can share their projects and announcements of upcoming seminars and activities.

Read the June 2021 Newsletter.