March Edu2Mfg Newsletter

The March 2020 newsletter for the Advanced Manufacturing North Region for California Community Colleges includes a summary of many upcoming events and resources for industry partners and instructors. Read the Edu2Mfg newsletter distributed March 6.

Sierra College announced advisory committee meetings for both Mechatronics and Advanced Manufacturing in March at the Rocklin campus. SVMI will be hosting the State of Manufacturing in Folsom.

Teachers of advanced manufacturing skills in the Sacramento region are benefiting from hands-on training with other teachers being held at the Rocklin High School engineering and manufacturing lab as well as monthly “Shop Talk” phone calls.

The February conference for counselors that focused on Career Technical Education provided to be a valuable resource. There are several other events and resources included in the March Edu2Mfg newsletter.

Upcoming events include:

Mar. 9-13 – California Community College Association for Occupational Education Spring 2020 Conference, Sacramento

Mar. 10 – Sierra College Mechatronics Advisory Committee Meeting 6:30 — 8 PM in V-127, Rocklin campus

Mar. 11 – Advanced Manufacturing Industry Panel Discussion, 10:30 AM — 12 PM, organized by Alan Braggins, Interim Statewide Director, Advanced Manufacturing, California Community Colleges

Mar. 13 – Inductive Automation College Student Career Day from 12 – 2:30 PM in Folsom, RSVP to Inductive Automation

Mar. 18 – Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Committee Meeting from 6 to 8 PM on the Rocklin campus

Mar. 25 SVMI State of Manufacturing & Education in the Sacramento Region from 7:30 — 11 AM at the Folsom Community Center

Mar. 25-27 – California Association for Local Economic Development Conference, Sacramento 

Apr. 17 – Sierra College Mechatronics program Career Fair

May 30 – 2nd NorCal Robotics Expo at the Sierra College Rocklin Campus, 10 AM – 6 PM, Sierra College Rocklin campus

Sierra College Mechatronics Seeks Industry Input

This event has been postponed.

Advisory Committee Meeting: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 6:30 — 8 PM in the V-127 (V building of Sierra College Rocklin Campus)

The primary reason for having this advisory meeting is to ensure that the content of Mechatronics courses is as real-world as possible, explained Tony Osladil, Department Chair, Mechatronics, Sierra College.

“The goal of our Mechatronics program is to provide our local employers with technicians who are work-ready upon their graduation,” said Osladil. “To do that, the content of our classes is dictated by what skills our local employers tell us they want in their technicians.”

“We need industry input, especially on which technologies and skills are coming on strong and should therefore be added or enhanced in our program,” said Osladil. “We also want to know which skills are becoming less critical and should be pared back.”

In addition to the Advisory meeting on March 10, employers may be interested in the Mechatronics Career Fair on Friday, April 17.

CMTA Manufacturing Skills Mixer

On Thursday, February 20, 2020, Californina Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) with American River College, held a Manufacturing Skills Mixer where attendees learned about creative training opportunities. Over 50 people attended the mixer held at the Big Sexy Brewing Company in Sacramento.

Speakers included:
Kaina Pereira, Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development
Rebecca Bettencourt, Training and Development Guru, E. & J. Gallo Winery

Other experts discussed:
-Apprenticeship programs and Career Training programs at American River College
-State and Federal Apprenticeship funding and assistance
-Employment Training Panel funding
-Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative training programs
-Power Inn Alliance programs
-Society of Manufacturing Engineers programs

Comstock’s Reviews Manufacturing

In a February 14, 2020 article, Building for the Future
California Manufacturers & Technology Association President Lance Hastings on the myriad challenges faced by the industry, Comstock’s writer, Sena Christian interviews Lance Hastings who became president and CEO of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association in November 2018.

Hastings is quoted as saying:

“So we have a large (number) of those retirements coming due in the next five years, and the concern is, are there going to be enough skilled employees of any age to take over those roles?”

“It’s not just your MBAs that are going to be the chief financial officers, or your engineers who are going to be the head of engineering, but everybody can have a good career in manufacturing.”

I think when more Californians get in touch with manufacturing as a sector and its contributions to the economy, there will be an added appreciation, which helps change the narrative.

Read the Building for the Future article for the full commentary on the challenges manufacturing faces in California.

2020 CTE Counselor Conference

According to Teri Munger, Coordinator, Greater Sac/North Inland Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways, American River College and organizer of the 2020 CTE Counselor Conference, over 375 people attended from 67 cities. “The free regional event gives attendees knowledge, tools, resources and contacts to effectively guide students and parents on pathways leading to in demand, regional CTE careers,” said Munger. “Attendance was up 25%, it was held in a larger venue and there were more booths.” The conference was held on February 13 and the Advanced Manufacturing North Region – Education to Manufacturing supported this event.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin Fleming was very well received explained Munger. Evaluation comments included: “the content was presented in such a clear and tangible way,” and “so engaging and insightful and what counselors need to hear!”

Munger indicated that eight community colleges participated. “American River, Folsom Lake, Cosumnes River, Sac City, Yuba, Woodland, Sierra and Lake Tahoe Community Colleges were represented,” said Munger. “Counselors received information on nine sector pathways: Health, Global Trade, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Transportation, ICT/Digital Media, Energy/Construction/Utilities, Business/Entrepreneurship, Retail, Hospitality/Tourism and Ag/Water/Environmental Tech. Counselors gained information on in-demand CTE careers and the educational pathways into these careers.”

If you missed the conference, find more information on the 2020 CTE Counselor Conference website, including photos and presentation slide decks.

Some of the event partners included:

Other Comments by Session:
CTE 101
“I think this session was the most valuable for my colleague and myself. We are a small school really beginning the CTE process. I could see this session expanding into something bigger. There were many great questions people had that spun the conversation into many different directions.”

Student Support: Equity and Access
“I really like how all the schools had a representative so that they could speak to their site.”

Giving Students a Competitive Advantage
“All schools do Dual Enrollment so differently; it was nice to have all schools present so that they could explain their own practices.”

Pathways to Paychecks
“Sharing resources to help make higher education more accessible and supportive of all students was appreciated.”

Meet the Industry Sector Experts: Ag, Water & Environmental Tech/Advanced Mfg./Energy, Construction & Utilities/Business & Entrepreneurship
“It was great to hear about the different pathways to share with my students and colleagues.”

Meet the Industry Sector Experts: Health, ICT/Digital Media/Global Trade/Advanced Transportation/Retail Hospitality & Tourism
“This was great!”
“Amazing Session, loved it!”

Student Panel
“I always love hearing from the students and their own stories. It has helped me to make sure I am doing what I need to as a counselor to help my students find their purpose.”
“The best part of the conference!! so inspiring!!!”

College Panel
“Very helpful to heart about specific programs available in our area.”
“Great information on up and coming careers
.”

Conference Overall Feedback:
“Fantastic Conference!”
“Great event for counselors. Good information designed for their needs.”

Thanks to Teri Munger who shared these comments so they could be used in this Advanced Manufacturing blog post.

CTE Conference: Multiple Paths to Success

At the Sacramento Career Technical Education (CTE) conference for counselors held in February 2020, Advanced Manufacturing was one of topics discussed in the panel — Multiple Paths to Success: Giving Students a Competitive Advantage. View the slide deck of Multiple Paths to Success.

Panelists included:

• Carrie Peterson, Regional Director of Employer Engagement: Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technologies
• Mike Bell, Chair, SME Sacramento Valley CEO, and Founder SYNBYO
• Orion Walker, Regional Director of Employer Engagement: Energy, Construction & Utilities
• Angela Cordell, Regional Director of Employer Engagement: Business & Entrepreneurship

Mike Bell suggested that the top Advanced Manufacturing jobs were:

• CNC Operator (Entry-level)
• CNC Machinist
• Field Service Technician
• Industrial Machine & Maintenance Mechanic/Technician
• Welder
• Production Assembler/Technician
• Office and Logistics Support

As part of the presentation, Mike Bell showed the how to access the education and industry resources related to advanced manufacturing on the Edu2Mfg.org website.

Agricultural Manufacturing Advisory Meeting

The first joint-sector, Agriculture in Advanced Manufacturing, Regional Advisory Meeting was held on Friday, November 22 in Woodland with more than 70 participants. 

Keynote Speaker, Glenda Humiston, Ph.D., Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, addressed the group on the Food and Agriculture Value Chain and presented a new report: California’s Working Landscape.  

The report indicates that California agriculture employs 1.5 million people earning $85 billion and that the 70,000 companies generate $333 billion in sales. The report covers agricultural distribution, agricultural processing, agricultural production, agricultural support, fishing, forestry, mining, outdoor recreation and renewable energy segments.

Rob Neenan, President/CEO, California Food Producers, with Humiston shared trends in food and production. The employer panel included speakers from Farmers’ Rice Cooperative, Pacific Coast Producers, Vite Ramen and Z Specialty Food LLC.

New certificate programs in Industrial Maintenance Mechanics at Yuba College and Sacramento City College …

“The employers discussed how advances in manufacturing their products have both helped and hindered their businesses,” said Carrie Peterson, Regional Director for Employer Engagement, North-Far North Region, Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technology Sector, California Community Colleges.

“New certificate programs in Industrial Maintenance Mechanics at Yuba College and Sacramento City College were also presented. Afterwards, participants explored the possibilities of establishing more industry partnerships with educational institutions to pool resources.”

For more information contact Carrie Peterson at 530-668-2531 or cpeterso(at)yccd.edu.

SkillsUSA California Region 4 Conference Slated for January 11, 2020

Sierra College will host hundreds of high school students and teachers from 20 schools in the northern California on January 11, 2020.

Industry partners can still get involved as volunteers and judges as well as supply materials for contests. Learn more at SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Region 4 Conference.

… students using the technical and leadership skills they’ve developed in the classroom …

Clay Mitchell, State Executive Director, SkillsUSA California explaind that SkillsUSA California develops leaders in middle school, high school and college postsecondary Career and Technical Education programs. “This event includes 61 competition areas challenging students’ drafting, electronics, engineering, robotics, welding, woodworking, and leadership skills,” said Clay.

“It is the culmination of students using the technical and leadership skills they’ve developed in the classroom with the possibility of representing the region at the state and national competition.”

For more information, contact Ashley Conger, Region 4 Manager, SkillsUSA California at 916-258-5643 or rmanager4(at)skillsusaca.org.

Maker Impact Publication Introduces College Students to Production Skills

In Manufacturing Stories online, an article was published about the impact of the California initiative to build makerspace communities at 24 California Community College campuses to close the manufacturing skills gap.

Engaging students in using manufacturing tools in makerspaces to produce prototypes and working on collaborative teams to innovate gives them hands-on skills relevant to advanced manufacturing careers. Some of the Northern California colleges featured in guide as well as students’ stories represent Butte College, Folsom College, Sierra College and Sacramento City College.

Read the CCC Maker Impact Publication article in Manufacturing Stories.

To receive your free copy of Makerspace Impact –  Implementation Strategies & Stories of Transformation and get other publications including the Makerspace Startup Guide and Makermatic Team Internship go to the CCC Maker Guides.

Project MFG™ Accelerates Students’ Career Passion

On December 3-5, 2019, Project MFG™: Next Generation Manufacturing™ Challenge from the United States Department of Defense took place at the Sierra College Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing by Design in Rocklin.  Project MFG™ holds competitions across the country to address the need for a skilled engineering and shop floor manufacturing workforce in the United States to compete in global markets. Kennedy High School, Rocklin High School and Yuba College teams competed in the challenge to produce a complex part made of aluminum.

For the first time in the competition’s history, a high school team won. Not only did Kennedy High School out-perform the other competitors, the Sacramento team did it with only three rather than the usual four students participating. The Kennedy team will go on to the next level and a chance to participate in the national competition at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, September 2020.

… instills confidence in their ability to perform at the highest industrial base standards when it counts for a company.

Adele Ratcliff, Director, Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment Program, Office of Industrial Policy, within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, presented the awards and cash prizes. “It’s exciting to witness America’s Next Great Generation compete under pressure against world class standards,” said Ratcliff. “It brings out the best in them and instills confidence in their ability to perform at the highest industrial base standards when it counts for a company.”  

Project MFG™ is designed to allow the individual, the instructor and the school to benchmark themselves against the best, explained Ratcliff.  “Project MFG™ not only pushes their skills, but pushes their thinking and approach to be more advanced in a teamed approach,” said Ratcliff. The competition was developed to ignite interest in Advanced Manufacturing careers to address the deficit in trade skill talent that is not keeping pace with the current resurgence of U.S. manufacturing and prepare students for manufacturing jobs that require people to work collaboratively across the manufacturing floor.

Sierra College was honored to host the United States Department of Defense competition, according to Amy Schulz, Ph.D., Dean of Career, Continuing and Technical Education. “With the support of the Haas Education Foundation, Sierra College has built an Advanced Manufacturing lab with industry standard CNC tools as a regional resource,” said Schulz. “To increase awareness of meaningful careers in manufacturing, Sierra College was pleased to welcome the national Project MFG™ to our Rocklin campus. With the goal of preparing our local workforce with manufacturing skills, the CNC lab is also used for industry employee training and Sierra College recently developed Advanced Manufacturing courses and introduced a new certificate.” 

Industry partners from Lincoln Electric®, Haas Automation Inc. and ZEISS as well as the team from the Department of Defense were on site during the competition to provide technical support for the students who had access to Sierra College’s Haas CNC and welding tools, explained Tom Tholen, Project MFG™. “At this friendly competition, I witnessed more collaboration between the teams than usual and was impressed by the students’ professionalism,” said Tholen. “These students are on the fast track to satisfying Advanced Manufacturing careers with starting salaries of $70,000+ where they can make an impact on the world.”

This was the first time that his students had participated in the challenge, explained Dan Frank, Advanced Manufacturing Instructor, Rocklin High School. “I just wanted them to have fun applying their skills in a new environment,” said Frank. “Working in the Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing lab took them out of their comfort zone and challenged their team work and technical skills. Ultimately, participating builds their confidence and makes careers in this industry more intriguing.”

Our greatest challenges that require a product solution–from climate change to medicine to national security– require manufacturing to bring that to reality.

The Department of Defense’s Ratcliff encouraged students to pursue manufacturing careers where their skills can make a difference. “Our greatest challenges that require a product solution–from climate change to medicine to national security– require manufacturing to bring that to reality,” said Ratcliff. 

“There is more than one way to serve your country—being in manufacturing provides economic prosperity for our country as well as the individual.  And a strong manufacturing economy underpins our national security. Individuals entering the manufacturing profession will have a career path that will continue to advance and challenge them professionally as well as providing an ability to live almost anywhere in the world with this profession.”