EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE                                                      


January 2018

NCATC Friends and Colleagues,

As we turn the corner on another great year for advanced technology and manufacturing workforce development activities, projects, and events, we are fairly certain that 2018 will be an even busier and more exciting year than 2017.

During 2017, NCATC’s Board refined and approved its 2017-2020 Strategic Focus Areas roadmap, which will formally guide our activities, projects, and events for the next three years.  And, we have cross-walked/mapped our five focus areas to strategies 1-4 of the 2017-2020 AACC Strategic Plan for even greater national impact, value, and collaboration. 

NCATC’s Strategic Focus Areas Include:

1.      Industry 4.0: Emerging Trends in Advanced Technology and Manufacturing,

2.      Apprenticeships, Work-Based Learning and Entrepreneurship in Workforce,

3.      Competency-Based Learning in Workforce Development,

4.      Industry-Recognized Credentials and Certifications, and

5.      Adult Education and Learning Opportunities.

You can find more details on each of these NCATC Strategic Focus Areas here.

2018 is NCATC’s 30th Anniversary!  NCATC was founded in 1988 from a public/private collaboration of industry and education for Advanced Technology and Manufacturing expertise to lead and advance workforce development curriculum, programs, and initiatives. Since then, our ATC network of community and technical colleges has grown to over 170 institutions and 30 corporate Strategic Partners.  You can view the NCATC Membership Map here and the 2018 NCATC Strategic Partners here.

The NCATC Board of Directors and staff look forward to seeing you at the 2018 NCATC National Events.  We will be on the west coast for our Summer Workshop, hosted by College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, June 4-5, 2018. Then, we return to the home of two founding member colleges Cleveland, OH for our 30th Anniversary Fall Conference, September 19-21, 2018. For more event details, visit ncatc.org.

As always, we encourage you to stay regularly connected, via the NCATC website, social media, and quarterly e-newsletters.

J. Craig McAtee, NCATC Executive Director