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2019 TA3 Presentations

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Keynote 4.0 Presentations

Keynote Address: 4th Industrial Revolution Megatrends and Their Potential Impact by Mr. Mike Belcher, Director of EdTech Innovation for HP

View keynote, Mike’s presentation here

TA3 Members’ Presentations

Gail Norris, Siemens Industry, Inc.: Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program. Siemens has developed a new 5 day course for teachers for Industry 4.0. Siemens will pilot the train-the-trainer course for colleges and universities in August 2019 and then offer it after October 2019.

Sue Griffith Smith, Ivy Tech Community College: The fourth industrial revolution involves companies becoming integrated production systems. Ivy Tech Community College partnered with national employers and the Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) to develop a new certification. Learn to embed the Industry 4.0 certification into programs and create flexible curriculum and delivery models to be ready for the future. The next revolution will require adaptable programs delivered in different modalities.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Jake Morris and Andy Herson, MobileModular® Training Systems: The time has come for a more practical approach to training. An approach that allows both new and learners with existing skills to gain valuable hands-on experience. An approach that is affordable for strapped school districts, college’s and corporate training centers. An approach that allows mobility to learning, bringing training equipment to the learner wherever they may be. Our practical approach utilizes industry-standard components, designed to simulate industrial systems that are modular and offer connectivity with infinite opportunities for continued learning to close the skills gap.

Iñigo Araiztequi of Tknika and Kees Verburg of Da Vinci College: Tknika and Da Vinci College, together with other international partners from education and business awarded grant to create a Centre for Advanced Manufacturing. The project called EXAM 4.0 aims at setting up five European regional skills ecosystems that bring together VET/HVET centres, companies, policy makers, learners, job seekers in order to identify and define future skills needs in the advanced manufacturing sector. Part of the project is developing the 4.0 workshop concept connecting the different inputs and outputs relevant in a learning process to the system (teachers, students, installations, tool deposit, warehouse, connected machines, and resources such as videos, tools, etc.)


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TA3 2019 Conference Photos

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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.