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TA3 Connections December 2012 Volume 15, No. 3


December 2012  Volume 15  No. 3

The latest TA3 Connections has been released and is available as PDF here – TA3 Conn 12’12. It leads off with a feature on the 21st International Symposium of the TA3, “The Future of Manufacturing: Implications for Education and Training.”  The conference was hosted by Gateway Community & Technical College, Kentucky and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in Covington, Kentucky, on October 1-2, 2012.

TA3 2013 in Copenhagen on June 16-19, 2013 – TEC and EUC-Syd will cohost the 2013 meeting of the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance on the theme of Workplace Learning: New Perspectives on the Dual System in a Changing Economy.

Below are some highlights from this issue but the full stories are in the PDF.

Community College Alliance for Sustainability Highlights

GrowGreenEd.com – Since sustainable food systems is a new area for most community colleges, to make it easier for them to test the waters, the Alliance for Sustainability has produced a new web site providing access to information about community college-level courses in all aspects of the sustainable food systems value chain (http://www.growgreened.com/).

Community College Workshop on sustainable food systems – RTS and CEO, assisted by Potomac State College in West Virginia held a workshop on October 19-20 in Charleston, West Virginia, funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and targeting Appalachian community colleges.

West Virginia University-Parkersburg begins program in Diversified Agriculture – With 90 percent of West Virginia’s food coming from out of state, the college is trying to develop more food production in state and also supply the college’s culinary arts program.

Two Alliance members receive Green Genome Awards – WVU-Parkersburg and Central Carolina Community College, North Carolina were two of five community colleges to be recognized for strategic leadership in sustainability and green economic and workforce development.

Alliance and CraftNet member Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is making its mark as one of the nation’s most creative colleges.  It is now the new home of the National Hall of Fame for Mountain Artisans at the Kentucky Appalachian Heritage Museum in Harlan.

Miscellaneous information and events

The American Association of Community College’s 20th Workforce Development Institute 2013 will take place in San Diego, January 31 to February 2 at the Sheraton San Diego and Marina.

New TA3 member Alfred State College in New York has announced its Second Annual Sustainability Conference, Innovations in Technical Education to Advance Sustainability: Student Leadership for June 6-8, 2013.

Research Triangle Institute International (RTI) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina was awarded a three-year $9.2 million contract to establish the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education.

A revival of American apprenticeships – In November, 2012 the Chronicle of Higher Education featured an article entitled “Apprenticeships make a Comeback in the United States.”  The revival was led by European employers who have long appreciated the value of workplace learning which they call the “dual system,” and a number of states have adopted pieces of it, e.g., Arkansas, Wisconsin, and especially South Carolina, which has a large number of German companies.

Australia’s Green Skills Agreement – The Green Skills Agreement officially endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments, creates national standards for sustainability; provides VET practitioners with the skills needed for effective education and training; reviews and revises all training packages to incorporate sustainability skills; and re-skills workers in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It – This thoughtful book by Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) professor Peter Cappelli was published by Wharton Digital Press in 2012 (and summarized earlier in article in Wall Street Journal).  He challenges certain assumptions about the skills gap.

McKinsey & Company released a new report addressing the challenge facing counties around the world of moving from Education to Employment: Designing a System that Works.

Pre-Applications for Short-Term International Policy Fellowships – Interested in examining education or workforce in another country? The German Marshall Fund of the United States grants a limited number of fellowships each year through its Urban and Regional Policy program, which focuses on the policy issues and challenges common to metropolitan regions and cities in the United States and Europe.

Looking Back

Fifteen years ago, same issues, different time:  In 1997, the TA3 hosted an international  symposium called New Paths to New Skills in Washington, DC. Ten years ago, RTS and the TA3 identified and described a set of benchmark practices at rural community colleges that had influenced their local economies.

Member Profile

This issue profiles TEC, Copenhagen, Denmark.

TA3 Information For more information please contact Stuart Rosenfeld at RTS (rosenfeld@rtsinc.org) or Lars Møller Bentsen at lmb@iu.dk