Author Archives: Xai Yang

  • 0

Euc Syd becomes new European Secretariat

Category : TA3 Connections

Hans Lehmann is Vice Principal at EUC Syd, a regional college, offering upper secondary technical education, International Baccalaureate, vocational education and adult training. Hans Lehmann is responsible for the vocational educational programmes, adult training and internationalization and he is CIO for IT Center Syd. He holds a Master’s Degree in English and an MBA from University of Leicester.

One of the main focus areas for development in his job is the application of digital learning, and the consequences for teaching and learning. In addition, Hans promotes training that will prepare learners for the global work force. Hans has extensive experience in international projects and networks, including TA3, EU programmes, UNESCO Sustainable Learning Cities and cooperation with Chinese companies and colleges.

  • -

March 2015 March 15 Volume 18 No. 1

Category : TA3 Connections

News includes a recap of the January 2015 TA3 Policy Forum, updates on the El Salvador project, a new member profile, several grant awards obtained by member schools and reflections.

Read the full March 15 Connections!

  • -

TA3 Connections September 2014 Volume 17 No. 2

Category : TA3 Connections

News includes a recap of the June symposium at Ivy Tech Community College, an introduction to new TA3 Director, Burke Murphy of Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, exciting project updates and a new member profile.

Read the full February 14 Connections!

  • -

TA3 Delegates experience culture, camaraderie and learning exchange in historic Belfast

Delegates from the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3) met together in Belfast, United Kingdom for the network’s annual symposium and explored how to prepare for the future global economy through employer and educator partnerships. Hosted by the Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning, delegates and speakers were treated to a fantastic mix of robust learning and cultural exchange, sightseeing opportunities and historical experiences.

An open bus tour of Belfast kicked off the four-day event, followed by a networking reception at Crumlin Road Gaol. The conference featured keynote speakers from the U.S. and Europe, representing a wide variety of government, policy and educational institutions. Afternoon workshops provided further interaction and discussion among group members on the following topics:

• Qualifications,
• Competencies and Credentials,
• Making Apprenticeships work at SMEs,
• Matching Labor Demand and Supply, and
• Successful Models of College-Business Partnerships.

When the day ended, delegates and speakers were treated to local music and dinner at Stormont, the parliament building in Belfast. Minister of Employment and Learning, Stephan Farry hosted the event and concluded the evening with an informative and entertaining tour of the building, including the assembly and senate chambers

At the annual business meeting the next day, delegates discussed potential international collaboration on project work, exchanged ideas about current and emerging issues for educational leadership, faculty, and students, and prepared for the 2016 symposium, which will be hosted by Lawson State Community College, in Birmingham, Alabama.

On the third day, delegates participated in campus tours, including Norbrook Laboratories in Newry, which has grown to be one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies specializing in the development of veterinary and animal health medicines. Delegates were able to meet two apprentices during the tour. Apprenticeships was a central theme at this year’s event and cited as a key component of building the future global workforce.

The TA3 is a membership consortium of more than 30 leading community and technical colleges, and several state system offices, in the U.S. and Europe. The TA3 promotes community colleges’ efforts to support their regional economies, and promotes the value and importance of a global perspective on community college missions. The TA3 is managed by co-secretariats, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce in the U.S. and the Danish Agency for Higher Education in Europe.

More photos here! NI Hosts the TA3 Symposium 2015

tour of lisburn 2




tour of lisburn campus



jim and ed

steve and doug


PowerPoint presentations here!

Keynote Jim Jacobs

Nan Travers and Katie Hall, CSW Credentials Panel

Karin Sondergaard, Sapa Panel Presentation

Marsha Danielson Presentation

Ireland Presentation Matching Supply and Demand Ed Hughes

Preparing the Future Global Workforce D O’Donovan

Padraig Walsh – Presentation to TATTA Conference 2015 (8 June 2015)

Presentation da Vinci College Making Apprenticeships work Belfast June 2015

Presentation Vocational Education Da Vinci College Belfast TA3 tuesday 9th of June 2015 Marloes de Vries

  • -

Leading Policymakers Discuss Workforce Innovation, Agency Programs and Funding Opportunities at the TA3 Policy Forum in Washington, DC

Attendees listen to the speakers on the Department of Labor Panel discuss apprenticeship

Attendees listen to the speakers on the Department of Labor Panel discuss apprenticeship

John Colborn from the Aspect Institute outlines ways for non-profits to effectively engage industry

John Colborn from the Aspect Institute outlines ways for non-profits to effectively engage industry








Member colleges from the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3) convened at One Washington Circle Hotel to hear from a diverse line-up of national experts representing five federal agencies, a policy think tank, foundations and a regional commission. The TA3 is a consortium of leading community and technical colleges in the U.S. and Europe that promotes learning and innovation across borders, supports regional economies, and promotes the value and importance of a global perspective. Speakers offered perspectives on recent and pending legislation, the impact of political changes on workforce initiatives and funding, and successful programs underway around the country. Community college representatives shared experiences and made valuable connections.

Mary Ann Pacelli and Mark Troppe from NIST – MEP kicked off the morning by discussing their state program initiatives for accelerated industry skill development, as well as the paid internship model, part of Right Skills Now. Celeste Carter, NSF – ATE noted the impact a flat budget has had on the ability to fund students in advanced technology fields, while also aiming to increase representation of veterans and minorities in these fields. Several upcoming funding opportunities were shared with members as well.

The U.S. Department of Labor panel featured Gerri Fiala, Laura Ginsberg and Randall Smith who focused on changes to the public workforce system as a result of the Workforce Investment and Innovation Act (WIOA), the benefits of registered apprenticeships and employment initiatives, and supports in place for outreach and services for veterans.

Over lunch, members and speakers were treated to a video conference call with Michael Gould from the Department for Employment and Learning, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, who will host the TA3 June Symposium! After a brief introduction about the country and culture, Michael shared the draft schedule for the four day event that will take place June 7-10, 2015 and will feature keynote speakers from Europe and the United States, and well as workshop sessions in the afternoons. The theme will be “Building on Success – Bringing Business and Educators Closer Together”.

Maureen Conway and John Colborn from the Aspen Institute discussed the role of community colleges in sector strategies and how non-profits can most effectively work with industry.

Jeff Schwartz shared the unique geography and demographics of the Appalachian Region and how the Appalachian Regional Commission works with employers and supports community colleges in the rapidly changing regional economy.

Doug O’Brien and Alex Jones of the U.S. Department of Agriculture outlined the Rural Development initiative, which has a Community and Economic Development Mission and a $200 billion dollar portfolio. The discussion focused on the USDA’s intent to break the cycle of rural poverty by strategically funding and meeting goals set by state directors.

To close the day, Mark Mitsui from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), encouraged members to watch the State of the Union for forthcoming federal funding opportunities, including the American college promise proposal for free tuition at community colleges.

Members noted that the day gave them an insider look at the emerging policy landscape in the U.S., enabled them to make valuable connections they would not otherwise have access to and provided a forum for peer sharing and learning.


  • -

Recap of STEM, STEAM, and Dream: Educating an Imaginative and Skilled Work Force

Category : Symposiums

Innovation today depends on technological competence, but requires something more. Leading businesses are discovering the value of teaming engineers, line staff, marketing, and design on particularly vexing problems.Ivy1

Higher education across the U.S. and around the world is pressured to produce a workforce competent not only in science, technology, engineering, and math, but also able to enhance innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship with multidisciplinary learning, projects, and environments.

In June, an international group of colleges, training institutions, and employers met in June to discuss their approaches to the potential multidisciplinary learning and activities for enriching technical and vocational education and examples of exemplary practice. The Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3) held its 25th international community college symposium, STEM, STEAM, and Dream: Educating an Imaginative and Skilled Workforce at Ivy Tech Community College, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Because of the intimate nature of TA3, 42 member colleges from around the world directly influenced the theme of the 2014 symposium, as well as the subject of the photo 2presentations. “If not for TA3, I would not have been able to learn the things I’ve learned or meet the people that have shaped me and my career,” said President of York Technical College, Greg Rutherford of the importance of the TA3 network to his professional success.

Fatma Mili, Head of Department of Computer & Information at Purdue University, set the stage by discussing the new Purdue Polytech she helped found to develop and demonstrate a new transdisciplinary mode of learning. Learners are immersed in various group environments with others from diverse fields. Fatma Mili’s presentation is available.

Martha Eldredge Stark, Executive Director of NSERVE in Chicago, described in detail the value of interdisciplinary learning and design thinking to STEM skills and creativity to Chicago’s schools.

Jill Cush from SouthWest College in Northern Ireland provided the European Commission’s policy perspective on ways to use STEM to drive innovation and how that is playing out in Northern Ireland.  Kay Bokowy from General Electric Heath Care in Milwaukee described how art and design students from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design worked with GE engineers and technicians to help address health care issues in developing countries. John Winzeler, CEO of Winzeler Gear in Chicago led a spirited discussion of experiences and issues related to multidisciplinary learning that included Eric Brownlie from Glasgow Clyde College in Scotland, Craig Clark from Alfred State College in New York, and Angie Tayor from Gateway Community & Technical College in Kentucky.

TourPractitioners led afternoon panels on maker spaces and improving STEM skills among populations that are under-enrolled in conventional technical occupations. The Makerspace panel, led by moderator Doug Webster from Vermont, who has led the development of Makerspaces across the state, and included Dean Sommerfeld from Fox Valley Technical College in Wisconsin, Torkel Milling of Copenhagen Technical College in Denmark, and Greg Rutherford, York Technical College in South Carolina.

The discussions of getting STEM to underserved population was led by Darlene Miller of the National Coalition for Workforce Education and included Jess Niebuhr from Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Margaret Semmer from Ivy Tech, and Carissa Schutzman from Gateway Community & Technical College.

Members attending a business meeting the day after the symposium, in which they discussed the potential to collaborate on project work and planning of a 2015 event in Europe. Attendees also enjoyed several networking receptions, as well as a dinner at the Indiana State Museum and tours of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lucas Oil Stadium.

Download a copy of the full symposium agenda..

  • -

Two Plus Two with NKU

A102_C003_10014SGateway Community and Technical College in Covington, Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University announced a partnership called Gateway2NKU that will make earning a Bachelor’s degree in northern Kentucky easier, quicker, and more affordable. The pathways begin at Gateway and end with a Bachelor’s degree from NKU, with a seamless transition. It features dual admission with participants enrolled simultaneously at NKU and Gateway with access to activities and services at both places.

“This is an example of how higher education institutions can work together to improve the quality of life,” said Gateway President/CEO Ed Hughes. “Not only will students be able to earn an Associate’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in less time and spending less money, but this program will also allow Gateway and NKU to operate more efficiently and effectively by reducing the duplication of programs and services.”

Gateway students on a degree pathway will be able to take up to four NKU courses at Gateway’s tuition rates, reducing cost while acclimating students to the NKU campus before transferring.

On January 28, a ten-year partnership between Gateway Community and Technical College and the Florence, Kentucky site of financial services company Citi received the prestigious national Bellwether Award for Workforce Development from the Community College Futures Assembly and the University of Florida. “In more than 1,200 national community colleges, this is one of the highest honors an institute can receive,” said Dale F. Campbell, professor and director of the Community College Futures Assembly and Institute of Higher Education. The Gateway-Citi partnership emphasizes career development and provides resources to enable Citi employees to begin or complete college credentials.

  • -

Southern Regional College, Northern Ireland

srcSouthern Regional College (SRC) is a Further and Higher Education College in the southern area of Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom. The College was formed on 1st August 2007 when three further education colleges merged to become Southern Regional College. Southern Regional College now comprises the former FE colleges at Armagh, Newry and Upper Bann. It is also the largest Further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland outside of Belfast. There are a total of six campuses across the geographical region. The College’s main campuses locations are:

  • Armagh (Lonsdale, Lisanally Lane, Hamiltonsbawn Road Industrial Estate)
  • Banbridge
  • Kilkeel
  • Lurgan
  • Newry (Patrick Street East, Patrick Street West, Greenbank, Model)
  • Portadown


The College offers a wide range of courses: in excess of 100 for full-time further education; more than 80 on a full-time and part-time higher education capacity, and over 1,320 (not counting those courses offered in the community) on a part-time vocational or recreational basis. At the further education level, SRC offers courses from Level 1-3 Certificates and Diplomas, through National Vocational Qualifications and A levels. Many of these are aimed at the full-time student market although many courses are also available on a part-time basis. The college also offers Apprenticeship Training programmes where students learn valuable trades to take into the workplace. SRC prides itself on offering students a diverse range of Higher Education learning experiences. Its broad ranging portfolio of higher level professional and technical courses ensures that all programmes-whether degrees, diplomas, certificates, or professional qualifications-are of a quality surpassing that offered at university.

Within the eight Schools of the College SRC is confident that it can offer students qualifications with clear progression pathways and relevance to the world of work. The college currently enrolls over 36,000 students each year and has in excess of 1,100 members of staff.

Community Learning Team

SRC students and Chief Executive Brian Doran celebrate award to college in recent college wide inspection.

SRC students and Chief Executive Brian Doran celebrate award to college in recent college wide inspection.

Southern Regional College works with over 100 Community and Voluntary Groups covering over 1,500 square miles within the Southern Region advising on courses available for adults within their communities. SRC’s dedicated Community Learning Team ensures that adults have access to learning and training to improve their knowledge, skills and qualifications. Community Development Officers work with employers and community stakeholders to enable individuals, groups and communities to participate in learning, at a time and place which is accessible for everyone.

An important part of the work involves providing education and other employment opportunities to residents of local Neighbourhood Renewal areas through Department of Social Development sponsored projects. In addition the team researches local area needs in order to provide relevant economic and social programmes that enable change to take place and assist people into employment and/or to improve community resources.

These programmes are funded by the Department for Social Development (DSD) through its Southern Regional Development Office, the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund. The College offers many programmes including Employ Me offering employability and vocational skills to the unemployed and economically inactive people of all ages. Big Lottery’s Live and Learn Programme which aims to increase learning opportunities and promote wellbeing among Northern Ireland’s most disadvantaged communities delivered a range of educational and support services to Migrant and Traveller.

Successful completer of SPICE program, student Danielle Malcolm, celebrates with SRC Chief Excutive Brian Doran and Minister for Employment and Learning Dr. Stephen Farry.

Successful completer of SPICE program, student Danielle Malcolm, celebrates with SRC Chief Excutive Brian Doran and Minister for Employment and Learning Dr. Stephen Farry.

The College received a prestigious AOC Beacon Award for this work in February 2014. The SPICE programme is designed specifically for young people aged 16-24 who are not currently in education, employment or training across the Southern Region. The purpose of the programme is to offer training and courses to young people to retrain or simply acquire new skills.


Southern Regional College has strong links with educational institutions around the world and regularly arranges both cultural and study exchanges. Such exchanges give students the opportunity to build on their learning abroad as well as providing partner institutions with the chance to let their own students have a taste of Northern Ireland. The College has also been successful in securing funding for over 40 innovative European projects under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.

Business Support

i3 is the Southern Regional College’s (SRC’s) business support centre. Building better business by promoting and supporting: Industry, Innovation, and Incubation. Its team of 20 Research Lecturers and Business Development Officers works with SRC and industry to bring the latest R&D from classroom to commerce while feeding business insights back into the curriculum. This cultivates a workforce fit for the future. The centre currently works with over 2,000 companies from across Northern Ireland, particularly in the southeastern region, and extending into the Republic of Ireland. The bulk of its services are either free or subsidized made possible with financing from InvestNI, the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) and Intertrade Ireland.

SRC is an award winning College, a centre of Excellence for teaching and learning and offers students an intellectually and socially stimulating environment.

  • -

New Grants

Howard Community College in Maryland received workforce development grants for innovative programs in IT and healthcare under Maryland’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training initiative. The grants provide for basic skills and occupational instruction to students lacking those skills to succeed. Twenty students, some without a high school diploma/GED or proficient English skills, will receive basic skills training while learning to become certified in A+. The grant will provide 150 hours of instruction, internships with stipends, and assistance in job placement. HCC also received an EARN planning grant from the Maryland Department of Labor to investigate workforce needs of the Mobile Health Devices industry. The College will identify training needs and skills gap for this new sector, which includes applications like sensors for measurement of chemicals, dietary intake, physical activity, and psychosocial stressors and addictive substances. The College is partnering with entrepreneurs designing products and with institutions such as The Center for Health, Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the University of Maryland to determine how best to meet the training and workforce needs for this new industry.

  • -

Collaboration in Minneapolis

A new collaborative effort of Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Augsburg College, a private Lutheran college in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, has resulted in an accelerated 34-month baccalaureate in professional nursing (BSN). Augsburg College’s nursing department focuses on culturally competent care and a slight majority of MCTC’s nursing students self-identify as members of cultural or ethnic minorities. This collaboration will increase the diversity of the nursing workforce in Minnesota. Students are dually admitted to Augsburg College and MCTC when accepted into the professional nursing program. After a program of study for five consecutive terms they graduate with an Associate Degree. Those who meet the grade point criteria and pass the National Council Licensing Exam-RN can continue at Augsburg College and complete a baccalaureate program in as little as 12 months.