Category Archives: Symposiums

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TA3 International Symposium Convenes at Lawson State Community College

(BIRMINGHAM, Alabama/June 9, 2016) – Participants journeyed from vocational and technical colleges in Denmark, Germany, the Basque Country, Northern Ireland, and the Netherlands and from the across the United States to Lawson State June 5-8 for the 27th Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3) Symposium. The conference topic was: Reaching the Millennial Workforce: New Ways of Learning, Earning, and Interacting in the Digital Age.

The program featured an outstanding lineup of experts from the U.S. and Europe who shared the perspectives of educators, the private sector, philanthropy and policymakers. “Our agenda included subject matter and experts who provided marketplace intelligence to our constituents – leaders of community and technical colleges and associated groups – to help understand the future contexts in which we are preparing our students and workers,” said Dr. Perry W. Ward, president of Lawson State Community College.”

A focus group comprised of four millennials from the Birmingham area provided their perspectives and interacted with the panel and the audience. Here are some key insights from the millennials:

  • All young people, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic circumstances, education or geography want mentors.
  • Millennials want to have control over their path in life and education.
  • Millennials want to be connected – to the mission of a company, digitally, socially and within their communities.

Panelists shared these thoughts and recommendations:

PANEL A: New Ways of Learning

  • Millennials actions are heavily influenced by the economic conditions in which they grew up.
  • More robust career guidance is needed – teach students how to learn and self-actualize, connecting their passion with their values for a more sustainable career path – in order to get “the right person in the right seat.
  • Robotics will either be utilized to take your job or be your coworker.

PANEL B: New Ways of Earning

  • Continuous and blended learning is best suited for Advanced Manufacturing.
  • The number of jobs will decrease, but the level of specialized skills needed will increase.
  • There will be a universal need for hard and soft skills in all occupations.
  • Industry 4.0: Increasing productivity, connectivity and cost savings using data.
  • Great companies come down to people, skills and competencies.
  • Public private partnership is the key to success.

PANEL C: New Ways of Interacting

  • Teach skills in demand through contextualized learning, internships, and apprenticeships. Proficiency in literacy and numeracy are key!
  • Translation of skills is as important as having them in the first place.
  • There has been a shift from ‘lifetime employment’ to ‘lifetime employability.’

PANEL D: New Ways of Innovating

  • Tools for innovation include boot camps for entrepreneurship and Global Accelerator Networks.
  • Keep it Local Pledge – corporations commit to purchasing locally first.
  • Create new learning environments – with challenge-based learning where all teachers must be involved.
  • Staff need to be able to change through continuous professional development.
  • Preparing students will require mentoring on learning technologies and cohorts of team teaching.

Activities were held on the Birmingham and Bessemer campuses, as well as off-campus sites. The three-day event was kicked off with a tour of the Civil Rights District and reception at The Civil Rights Institute, a gospel choir performance, and exceptional food and hospitality. A tour of the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International plant, review of Lawson’s Automotive Program, and The Innovation Depot tour were impressive and well received.

Thank you to our fantastic sponsors who made possible the invaluable opportunities for social networking, establishing connections, and discussing opportunities to collaborate on future projects.

Chancellor’s Office – Alabama Community College System

Amatrol

Festo Didactic

Siemens

Office of the Mayor – City of Birmingham

Next year’s conference will be hosted by Da Vinci College, Dordrecht, Netherlands.

To see and download pictures from all four days of the TA3 conference, click here! https://www.flickr.com/photos/143127901@N05/albums

Download the PowerPoint presentations here!

Dr. Patricia Buckley, Deloitte

Sameer Gadkaree, Joyce Foundation

Gerry Campbell, Chief Executive, Colleges Northern Ireland

Xuan Ma, Pearson Education

David Hooks, Director “Edge of Chaos”

Jose Luis Fernandez, TKNIKA

Marloes de Vries, DaVinci College

Thomas Lichtenberger, President for North America, FESTO Didactic


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

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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..


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TA3 Symposium on the Future of Manufacturing, Covington, KY, Oct 1-3, 2012

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The Future of Manufacturing: Implications for Education and Training

Co-Hosted by the TA3, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and Gateway Community and Technical College, Covington, Kentucky October 1-3, 2012

Manufacturing employment has been in decline in western economies, which generally is attributed to competition fromnewly developed lower cost regions and increasing automation. Most leaders believe, however, that retaining a viable manufacturing base is vitally important to the security and innovative capacity. Revitalizing manufacturing, however, will depend on creative forms of products and production. This symposium addressed the following questions facing community and technical colleges in the U.S. and Europe in providing the skills needed for manufacturing to re-invent itself. Click here for the agenda that includes links to all the presentations. Some background on recent trends in manufacturing is summarized here. We had some terrific speakers featured providing compelling background on:

  • Which types of manufacturing and which types of companies are most likely to continue to be competitive in advanced, high-wage economies?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities associated with automation?
  • What entrepreneurial opportunities will develop and can these produce a large enough employment base to be significant?
  • What types and levels of skills and knowledge will community college graduates need in the future and what will their career paths look like?
  • Why are too few students entering manufacturing career paths to replace a rapidly aging workforce, even with the promise of good wages?

This meeting was made possible by generous support from….

Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation
Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative
Duke EnergyNorthern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Republic Bank
European-American Chamber of Commerce


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TA3 Meeting 2012: The Future of Manufacturing

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TA3 Meeting 2012
The Future of Manufacturing: Implications for Education and Training

Co-Hosted by the TA3, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and Gateway Community and Technical College, Covington, Kentucky October 1-3, 2012 


Manufacturing employment has been in decline in western economies, which generally is attributed to competition from newly developed lower cost regions and increasing automation. Most leaders believe, however, that retaining a viable manufacturing base is vitally important to the security and innovative capacity. Revitalizing manufacturing, however, will depend on creative forms of products and production. This symposium will address the following questions facing community and technical colleges in the U.S. and Europe in providing the skills needed for manufacturing to re-invent itself. Click here for the agenda and here for more info.

  • Which types of manufacturing and which types of companies are most likely to continue to be competitive in advanced, high-wage economies?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities associated with automation?
  • What entrepreneurial opportunities will develop and can these produce a largeenough employment base to be significant?
  • What types and levels of skills and knowledge will community college graduatesneed in the future and what will their career paths look like?
  • Why are too few students entering manufacturing career paths to replace a rapidlyaging workforce, even with the promise of good wages?

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San Sebastian TA3 Symposium Agenda and Presentations

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The May 2-4, 2011 TA3 conference in San Sebastian in the Basque region of Spain was a great success. The time was productive but the photos you’ll find on the front page show that the time was fun as well. We’ve linked the presentations to their respective session below.

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TA3 Meeting May 1-4, 2011 in San Sebastian, Basque Region of Spain

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Stimulating Innovation and Creativity In Education: Sharing Of Practises Across the Atlantic

Plan to join us in lovely San Sebastian in the Basque region of Spain for the May 1-4, 2011 TA3 meeting on innovation and creativity. The event is co-sponsored by TA3 and the Tknika Centre for Innovation in Basque supported by the Basque Department of Education. Events on May 1-2 are open to all and the May 3-4 sessions are for TA3 members and their guests.

Generating new jobs, new industries, and new competitive advantages in existing industries is high on the agenda of governments around the world.  They recognize that creativity, innovation, and talent are integral to each and that success will require not only a more highly educated and skilled work force but that thinks differently, that is highly creative.  This TA3 conference will focus on developing that creative and innovative labor force.  More specifically, it will highlight ways that education and training institutions can nurture creativity among their students and within their institutions to produce a workforce with the talent to innovate, and how that creativity and innovation can be enhanced by collaborative networks and alliances involving colleges, companies, research and technology centres that complement one another and share knowledge and practices.

Please go to the Tknika website to register and to find information on travel and accommodations, the symposium and the Basque region.


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TA3 Meeting April 2010: Supporting Sustainable Communities – Opportunities and Challenges for Community Colleges

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Hosted by Haywood Community College and the TA3, experts and practitioners from the U.S. and Europe gathered in Asheville, North Carolina on April 26-27, 2010 to discuss expanded roles for colleges in educating students, businesses, and communities about and for economic opportunities in renewable energy, conservation, ecotourism, and local sustainable agriculture and manufacturing.

Topics discussed included:

  • Skills for new green-oriented industries and for sustainable practices in other sectors
  • Enhancing local and sustainable agriculture, natural resources, and crafts
  • “Green thinking” in all programs
  • Making campuses models of sustainability

View Agenda to the April 2010 meeting here.

View Speaker Bios here.

Individual speaker presentations can be viewed in PDF form:

Dr. Karen Harton Allen

Dr. Jay K. Box

Dr. Jonathan Deutsch

Lynn Coale

Dennis Creech

Energy Xchange

Wayne Fawbush

Anthony Flaccavento

Allan M. Gentry

Dr. Stephan J. Goetz

Randy Grissom

Dr. Risto Raivio

Allan B. Rasmussen

Peter Rathje

Dr. Stuart Rosenfeld

Marjut Salminen

Dr. Kathleen Schatzberg

Dr. Patrick Tobin


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2009 Symposium in Finland

Category : Symposiums

The theme for the 2009 symposium and meeting of the Trans-Atlantic Technology & Training Alliance in Tampere, Finland was New Learning Environments and Cultural Differences.  Organized by Marjut Salminen of Tampere College hosted by the college on May 4-6, 2009, the first day included presentations on the Finnish educational system, skills to cope with cultural differences, new business incubators as learning environments, creative entrepreneurship, cross cultural understanding for international employees, and benchmark practices.  Members from seven countries were took part in the three days of professional, business, and cultural events.  TA3 members toured Tampere College and visited the Kuru Forest College, where they held their business meeting, which included a strategic planning discussion led by EUC-Syd—and also test-drove the school’s log haulers and had an evening meal at a log cottage.  The agenda and selected presentations can be downloaded here.