At the Shop talk on February 23, 2021 Randy Schuster, Design Hub, American River College, presented on using simulations for remote instruction. He demonstrated tools that enable students to experience milling, land surveying and drone flights. Even when COVID is over, Schuster envisions using the program for pre-training on the simulator before students actually get on mills. Watch the recording below.
We are all familiar with inviting industry partners to in-person on advisory meetings where they can network with each other, communicate changing business needs, talk to students, tour lab spaces and engage in a lively in-person discussion on the pros and cons of changing curriculum or updating equipment. But what are you doing now? With COVID, instructors are seeking effective ways to attract manufacturing representatives to online meetings, virtually collect their insights to guide their programs and provide a valuable experience through the screen.
What has worked for you to engage industry partners and collect their insights?
How are you adapting your advisory meetings?
Please email Jeff Briggs with your thoughts and ideas so we can develop best practices to benefit everyone.
CMTC is presenting “Top Strategies for Mitigating COVID-19’s Toll on the Economy“
During this Nov. 18 webinar, CMTC answers –
What exactly is happening with manufacturing across the state?
And, how do we prepare for what comes next?
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) staff economists will offer guidance to California manufacturers in mitigating COVID-19’s toll, provide an expert outlook on COVID-19’s impact on California manufacturing; and, CMTC will offer mitigation strategies for how to offset the harm done by this pandemic. Register now.
The focus of this edition was October Manufacturing Day and other events to be held during the month. Other news:
- The Charles A. Jones (CAJ) Career and Education Center in Sacramento is offering a Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship in partnership with the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI)
- California Mobility Center to Offer Advanced Manufacturing Training
- Yuba and Sierra Colleges Offer In-person Manufacturing Labs
- During Shop Talk, participants discussed how to attract women to manufacturing classes and careers
- Other professional development events
Read the October 2020 Newsletter.
The Sacramento City Council announced that more than $1.4 million in CARES Act funding will be used to launch the Workforce Training Career Pathways Program at the California Mobility Center (CMC). Over 500 people displaced from the labor force due to COVID-19 will access retraining through the center.
The program includes job-readiness and technical training for advanced manufacturing jobs that provide higher paying sustainable wages in a growing sector within the Sacramento region.
The CMC expects to serve as a global innovation and commercialization hub for the future mobility sector. It will also assist clean mobility startups and established entities with prototyping, testing, digitizing, manufacturing and the commercialization of new products in the clean mobility sector. Working with universities, community colleges and other organizations, the Center will identify demand for new training programs. It will also align existing programs to the requirements of the clean tech mobility industry.
“We are very grateful to the City of Sacramento for their strong support. This new workforce training program is a holistic and integrated approach to provide the future mobility sector with trained workers. Interns and students from the adult training programs, colleges and universities will work alongside the CMC, mobility startups, and other manufacturing companies in the region,” said Mark Rawson, Chief Operating Officer of CMC.
With key support from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the CMC has established strong partnerships with technical training providers and community-based organizations such as Los Rios Community College, Sacramento State University, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy, La Familia Counseling Center, Greater Sacramento Urban League, Asian Resources Incorporated and Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative.
“The CMC is a comprehensive program that takes technology innovation to the marketplace, while creating clean, green, good paying jobs in our community,” said Arlen Orchard, SMUD CEO and Board Chair of the CMC.
“This career pathways program will ensure that residents disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, have new career opportunities and can fully benefit from the California Mobility Center and the companies it attracts to the region.”
The CARES Act funding will enable the CMC to train 500 people before the end of the year and it will facilitate the placement of up to 100 interns at local advanced manufacturing companies — paving the way for future workforce development in this emerging sector.
“The opportunities created by the CMC will ensure our region’s residents can not only re-enter the workforce but re-enter the workforce highly trained in an industry seeing an exponential future growth trajectory,” said Sacramento City Council Member, Eric Guerra. “The CMC is the perfect catalyst to get our region’s economy thriving after such challenging times.”
In this August 18, 2020 session of Shop Talk, Chris Klein demonstrates Amatrol curriculum.
Also plans were announced for October Manufacturing Month. Industry partners will be offering virtual tours.
Shop Talk enables college and high school instructors in the greater Sacramento and North region to collaborate, share resources and discuss teaching methods, especially remote learning during COVID-19.
As high school and college educators are adapting to delivering Career Technical Education virtually, many organizations across the state are developing resources lists to help them. Thanks to our partners for sharing this information, suggesting manufacturing simulation tools, discussing online learning methods, providing links to videos of modern manufacturing and giving links to career exploration tools.
Bay Area Mfg Careers – K-16 DISCUSSION FORUM (Online Learning)
Bay Area Mfg Careers – MFG Resources
California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) is hosting three upcoming webinars specifically for manufacturers:
Tips for Borrowing Money During a Disaster (Part 1) — Weds., August 19, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT Register in advance for this webinar here
COVID-19 Best Practices: How to Protect Your Employees & Workplace —Weds., August 26, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT Register in advance for this webinar here
Tips for Borrowing Money During a Disaster (Part 2) — Weds., Sept. 2, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT Register in advance for this webinar here
CMTC partners is affiliated with a variety of agencies to provide manufacturers more expansive support and services. Partnerships involve a shared commitment and a leveraging of capacities beyond what would be possible if each partner were working alone. With the combining of resources, capabilities and core competencies, together we can provide small and mid-sized manufacturers consulting and technical services that allow manufacturers to sustain, grow and develop a competitive edge in today’s difficult economy.
The Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) website has teaching resources listed for remote instruction during COVID-19. Man industry partners are giving teachers trials on thier traning program for use in the virtual classroom. Also find platforms that you can use to engage students and workplace safety information. Check out the CACT CTE Learning Resources
In the August 4, 2020 Edu2Mfg Shop Talk, college and high school advanced manufacturing instructors discuss their preparations for school starting. With the pandemic, Career Technical Education teachers in the greater Sacramento region have had to be creative in teaching hands-on manufacturing skills remotely. In these Shop Talk calls, participants share information about kits they are assembling for students, simulation programs they are incorporating and cleaning methods if they are allowing small group labs in person.
See some of the Edu2Mfg online teaching resources
San Diego County Dept. of Education online teaching resources