South Central College (Minnesota) President Dr. Annette Parker was invited to serve on President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee 2.0, which includes 19 leaders from industry, academia, and labor. AMP is part of a continuing effort to maintain U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance global competitiveness. The Steering Committee established five work teams to address specific areas aimed at driving advances in U.S. innovation and workforce capabilities related to manufacturing. Dr. Parker co-chairs the “Workforce” work team along with Eric Spiegel, President of Siemens. The team is taking a holistic approach to scalable and sustainable solutions to the talent pipeline challenge, beginning with childhood education and ending with long-term employment models. Outcomes will be in the form of playbooks and implementation pilots in the following areas:
- Portable and Stackable Credentialing System: Increase nationally portable, stackable credentialing systems through certifications and work-based learning elements.
- Regional Apprenticeship/Internship Models: Establish regional work/project-based study apprenticeship models in partnership with labor market intermediaries.
- Bridging Modules for Veterans: Develop practical competency based “bridging modules” for transitioning Veterans focused on private sector manufacturing skills certifications and apprenticeships with Department of Labor/GI Bill funding and support.
- Advanced Manufacturing Education: Increase career pathways and “dual credit” opportunities across education (K-12, community colleges, and universities) to increase the number of qualified technical employees in advanced manufacturing.
Dr. Parker will be assisted by three subject matter experts for the subcommittee: Dr. Keith Bird, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce; Hope Cotner, Center for Occupational Research and Development; and Joseph P. Dragone, Superintendent of Ballston Spa Central School District.