December 2020 News for Manufacturing Educators

Education to Manufacturing publishes a newsletter to keep employers and educators updated on on resources, webinars, events and other opportunities to work together to fill the skills gap for hands-on technicians and STEM employees in the the greater Sacramento region. Edu2Mfg is a California Community Colleges regional Advanced Manufacturing program. Read the Edu2Mfg December 2020 newsletter.

Students Inspired by Virtual “Breakfast with a Manufacturer”

After the positive response to virtual manufacturing tours on National Manufacturing Day, we are now offering monthly “Breakfast with a Manufacturer” online events. The first offering on November 19 featured Cal Reynolds, President of Snowline Engineering, in Cameron Park. Pete Delosa’s Introduction to Design Engineering class at Golden Sierra Junior-Senior High School in Garden Valley participated.

The monthly presentation is co-sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) and the California Community Colleges North Region Advanced Manufacturing initiative to increase high school students’ awareness of manufacturing careers. Reynolds spent about 25 minutes speaking about his career path in manufacturing, followed by 15 minutes answering students’ questions.

Students appreciated how forthright he was in saying that he hadn’t been a good student in high school. He indicated that if it weren’t for a ROP teacher who took an interest in him and his mechanical abilities, he probably wouldn’t have graduated on time.

Reynolds recalled that the ROP teacher helped get him a job in a machine shop where he began by deburring parts. Over time, he learned to make the parts while operating manual manufacturing machines. It wasn’t until years later, at the age of 39, that Reynolds got his Mechanical Engineering degree from Sacramento State University.

About 20 years ago, Reynolds had the opportunity to buy Snowline Engineering and now is the President of the company. With more than 45 employees, Snowline Engineering manufactures parts for companies such as Space X, Siemens and Honeywell.

When asked what classes he suggested students take while in school, Reynolds encouraged those interested in a manufacturing careers to focus on math and physical science classes. Additionally, he strongly recommended that all students take any class related to technology, since he anticipates that many future careers will require employees to be actively engaged in some form of digital technology.

Shop Talk – Creative Solutions to Arranging High School Internships

During the November 2020 Shop Talk, Derek Lee with PilotCity described how they’ve been successful in setting up internships for high school students in San Leandro and other Bay Area cities. Students build hands-on projects in the classroom to address real problems faced by businesses and submit prototypes to the companies for consideration. Students are awarded internships to execute the project for the businesses.

Join Shop Talk: The next Edu2Mfg Shop Talk will be on Tuesday, January 12 at 3:30 PM. Instructors will discuss how to host an effective advisory meeting online and share best practices to engage employers during the remote sessions. To join these Shop Talk calls, please Click Here to request access and/or get on the list for future notifications.
Watch Shop Talk: Previous recorded Shop Talk calls are available on the Edu2Mfg website.
Resources: See List of Shop Talk Resources on the website.

Spring 2021 Manufacturing Classes Offer In-person Labs

Both Yuba and Sierra Colleges are offering in person advanced manufacturing labs because this is considered an essential profession.

Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing spring courses:

  • ADVM 0062 – Introduction to CAD/CAM
  • ADVM 0063 – Design 2-D Mfg of 3-D Objects
  • ADVM 0064 – Computer-Aided 2D Design
  • ADVM 0066 – CNC Machining Level 1
  • ADVM 0067 – CNC Machining Level 2

Sierra College also offers welding, mechatronics, engineering and drafting and engineering support.

Yuba College spring manufacturing courses include:

  • Prin Machine Shp MFGT-20-M0460
  • Interm Machine Shop MFGT-21-M5977
  • Comp Num Control MFGT-34-M0461
  • CAM MFGT-35-M7522
  • Prob Manufact Tech MFGT-60-M7523
  • Advanced Machine Shop MFGT-62-M4642

Yuba College also offers welding and drafting courses.

New Virtual “Breakfast with a Manufacturer” Starts in November

With virtual tours being so successful on National Manufacturing Day, October 2, the regional Education to Manufacturing project will partner with SVMI and SME Sacramento Valley to offer monthly “Breakfast with a Manufacturer” remote events for college and high school classes.

The first presentation will be held on Tuesday, November 17. Cal Reynolds, President of Snowline Engineering, Cameron Park will present. Snowline Engineering is a state of the art manufacturing business enterprise which specializes in precision machining and sheet metal, fabrication and assembly.

The first school to participate will be Pete Delosa’s Introduction to Design Engineering class at Golden Sierra Junior-Senior High School in Garden Valley. The virtual tour and session will be recorded and made available to other teachers.

Perry Campbell of SwissMak to Speak Nov. 17

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Sierra College will host a Virtual Mentor Night on November 17 from 5:30 to 7 PM. Perry Campbell, CEO of SwissMak, an entrepreneur who developed a new CNC hybrid mill-turn center, will be the featured speaker. Through the Affiliate Mentor Program (AMP), local experts mentor budding entrepreneurs with immediate feedback and access to resources after listening to student pitches. Attend Mentor Night with Zoom. Flyer

Perry is livestreaming from Taiwan to share his story from student to founder. The new CNC hybrid mill-turn center features all the functionality of CNC lathes and mills at a fraction of the cost of current CNC offerings.

As a regional innovation center, Sierra College nurtures entrepreneurship and is committed to support locally grown businesses and provide employment. Business leaders believe that there is untapped potential at Sierra College and are stepping in to mentor the next generation of startups with honest advice and referral to resources at no charge to increase successful company launches in the region.

“Sierra College has many resources to help those who dream of starting their own businesses,” said Amy Schulz, Dean, Business and Technology Division, Sierra College. “We appreciate our industry partners who are mentoring students as they launch startups conceived in a Sierra College business class.”

As part of the program, the mentors provide advice to the students and audience members gain insights into the entrepreneurial mindset, explained Steve Ricketts, Founder, SRickettsConsulting, who developed Startup Pitch Mentor Round/Mentor Night with Sierra College. “Mentors are contributing their time to inspire future entrepreneurs,” said Ricketts. “There is no charge for student entrepreneurs to attend to and receive feedback from the mentors. By offering honest advice and referrals to resources, as well as this live feedback in an open forum, we can support entrepreneurship in the community.”

“Startup Pitch Mentor Round/Mentor Night allows students to practice communicating and validating their ideas to potential stakeholders,” said Dennis Wingate, Business faculty member, Sierra College and successful founder. “It also connects them with valuable mentors who can provide guidance and sometimes support to help them navigate the pre-launch and launch process.” Wingate indicated that ten former students have launched businesses or are in pre-launch.

Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region.

Valley Vision Reports on Manufacturing Day

The following article from the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) appeared in the Valley Vision 21st Century Workforce News – October 2020:


SVMI Members and Partners Give Virtual Tours on National Manufacturing Day

As part of National Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2020, there were 474 college and high school students, who participated in 14 virtual presentations delivered by nine Sacramento manufacturing professionals. The 17 instructors who brought their classes on the remote tours came from 10 different school districts, spread from Elk Grove to Shasta and Truckee, as well as Sierra College and American River College. The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI –, SME Sacramento Valley ( and Advanced Manufacturing North Region ( for California Community Colleges collaborated to bring students, educators and employers together virtually.

Each year, manufacturers across the country host National Manufacturing Day ( events to attract students to highly paid, in-demand manufacturing careers and to increase awareness of manufacturers’ impact on the economy, explained Kevin McGrew, Director, Quality Assurance, Siemens Mobility and President, SVMI.

“We miss having students visit our factory on special occasions like National Manufacturing Day,” said McGrew. “That just couldn’t happen this year with the pandemic. Siemens Mobility jumped at the chance to have some of our people describe their careers in these virtual presentations. We were impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and participation.”

Manufacturing representatives see these tours as one way to build a more direct career path from schools to local employment to fill the skills gap. Tours were offered by AMW Design, Garner Products, Inc., Garrettson Design, Harris & Bruno International, Kratos, Siemens Mobility, Synbyo Systems Integrators and Tri Tool, among others. Speakers included manufacturing engineers, CAD/CAM design engineers, CNC operators, welders, electro mechanical technicians, quality assurance/quality control representatives and industrial maintenance mechanics. The virtual tours are posted on the Edu2Mfg website blog post Watch Virtual Manufacturing Tours (

Steve Reiff, Mechanical Engineer, Kratos, felt that the students were incredibly thoughtful and had excellent questions. “I’m so happy the students enjoyed the virtual field trip,” said Reiff. “It’s crucial that we encourage, support and guide them to their goals, as the world needs more engineers immediately.”

Glen Garrettson, Garrettson Design, made a presentation on industrial machine maintenance to Christian Kinsey’s metal shop class at Colfax High School. “It was refreshing to see the level of attention and interest in what lies ahead for these students as they approach graduation,” said Garrettson. “The reception was sincere, and the interest in the education required to perform in the real world was eye-opening. There is a sincere interest in trades, including industrial maintenance. The tours brought to light the breadth of opportunities that exist for all young adults, inclusive or exclusive of a post-graduate degree. This exposure is paramount to building our economy and a successful diverse workforce.”

Comments from Cordova High School students included:

“It was nice to hear about the different types of engineering and what they do.”
“This engineering field trip was an opportunity for me to start planning for my own future.”
“He perfectly summed up the skills and ethics needed to be successful in this engineering field.”
“I would want to get an engineering internship there and maybe even work there eventually.”
“Engineers have a big impact in the world because every industry needs different types of engineers.”
“The field trip was genuinely exciting because I learned about the vast opportunities in mechanical engineering.”

Instructors reported that the virtual tours were valuable and helped students connect what they are learning to careers. Jonathan Schwartz, Engineering teacher, Colfax High School, indicated that Alan Ware, AMW Design, made a great presentation about being a CAD/CAM Design Engineer on Manufacturing Day. “The speaker inspired my students and really opened their eyes to what a manufacturing engineer does,” said Schwartz. “Most importantly, many of my students saw how exciting the career could be.”

At Shasta High School, teacher Brian Grigsby thought the virtual tours offered by Daniel Carr, Plant Manager, Harris & Bruno and Justin Stofan, CNC Operator, Garner Products were great opportunities for students. “The presentation on CNC machining was really good,” said Grigsby. “My kids got something out of it and I felt the presenters did a great job.”

Mike Waltz, Engineering teacher at West Park High School in Roseville, participated in three presentations. “The presenter was outstanding,” said Waltz. “You did a great job helping us find a perfect speaker for our subject area and it matched our schedule perfectly.”

Jason Martins, Industrial Technology, Franklin High School in Elk Grove, explained that the tour tied into a unit he had just done on resume building. “I had discussed the importance of finding ways to be more involved in activities and clubs outside of school,” said Martins. “Mike Bell, Principle, Synbyo Systems Integrators, described how he got involved in the Formula SAE and how it led to other opportunities. This helped demonstrate the importance being involved outside the classroom. Also, when he shared his personal story of how getting into Engineering wasn’t a straight path, it demonstrated to my students that school and career aren’t always done in four years, and that is okay.”

Virtual tours have proven to be impactful way to connect employers with students, according to Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing North Region, (, California Community Colleges, housed at Sierra College. “Students benefit from seeing work environments and are inspired when they hear directly from those working in the industry,” said Briggs. “We posted the virtual tours on the Edu2Mfg website so more students can see manufacturing career opportunities in Northern California.”

SVMI is also hosting Manufacturing Day for Manufacturers on October 29. Learn more at

Mitigating COVID-19 – CMTC Webinar for Manufacturers Nov. 18

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. 

October Shop Talk Provided Resources

On October 20, 2020, there were 18 participants on the Shop Talk zoom meeting. They discussed the results of Manufacturing Day and announced the Breakfast with a Manufacturer series that will continue virtual tours throughout the year.

In addition, the Autodesk team described new developments to support educators during the pandemic, the new Edu2Mfg website was shared, information was provided about how educators can access virtual servers and there was a discussion on how education labs are handling partial reopening.

Join Shop Talk: The next Edu2Mfg Shop Talk will be on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 PM. To join these Shop Talk calls, please Click Here to request access and/or get on the list for future notifications.

Watch Shop Talk: Previous recorded Shop Talk calls are available on the Edu2Mfg website.

Resources: See List of Shop Talk Resources on the website.

Attend the Beverage Industry Advisory Meeting on November 5

Beverage Industries will hold a cross sector advisory meeting for the greater Sacramento region on November 5 from 2-4 PM.

The topic is Beverage Industries: Challenges & Opportunities, a Cross-Sector Workforce. The Fall Regional Advisory will feature new labor market information from the Centers of Excellence at Los Rios and a panel discussion of leading industry employers to identify trends and explore partnership opportunities. The virtual meeting will focus on beverage inception, creation, production, distribution and retail, to inform Strong Workforce Program engagement between colleges and employers that highlight trends and career opportunities.

Register for the Beverage Industry Advisory Meeting.