August 2017

NCATC Friends and Colleagues,

As most of our members know, NCATC was founded nearly three decades ago by a public-private collaborative of industry and education partners with advanced technology and manufacturing expertise who were dedicated to delivering industry-responsive workforce development curriculum, programs, and initiatives. Since then, our ATC network of community and technical colleges has grown to over 170 members, including 32 corporate Strategic Partners. (View NCATC’s Member Institution Map and Strategic Partners.)

NCATC’s ongoing collaboration with many of the Manufacturing USA Workforce and Education teams allows us to share emerging technologies with our members to best prepare for “what’s next” through our strategic ATC workforce development efforts. We continue to be actively involved with the activities of America Makes (3D/AM), LIFT (lightweight metals), DMDII (digital manufacturing & design), NextFlex (flex-electronics), IACMI (composites), AIM (photonics), AFFOA (functional fabrics), ARM (robotics), and Power America (advanced semi-conductors). I urge you to learn more about these Advanced Manufacturing Institutes.

NCATC also represents community and technical colleges on the MForesight Workforce and Education Commission led by renowned manufacturing workforce expert, Emily Stover DeRocco. NCATC is part of a diverse team responsible for collecting, sharing, promoting, and increasing the promising practices that our community and technical college members are involved with for advanced manufacturing workforce education and development with industry. At the annual MForesight National Manufacturing Summit in Washington, DC on July 25th, the report, America’s Next Manufacturing Workforce: Promising Practices in Education & Skills Building, was released. 

This year, NCATC is launching its first-ever Innovative ATC Workforce Development Award sponsored by NOCTI, a long-time NCATC Strategic Partner. NCATC and NOCTI would like to recognize outstanding workforce development professionals and industry colleagues who make a significant contribution to the education and training of today’s advanced technology and manufacturing workforce. I encourage you to review the award criteria and nominate an innovative leader by the August 25th deadline.

The NCATC Board of Directors and staff look forward to seeing you at the 2017 NCATC National Events. We return to a full 2-day, NCATC-focused Annual Fall Conference this year, hosted by Portland Community College (OR), October 19-20, 2017. The conference theme is appropriately titled, What’s Next: Innovation-Driven Workforce Transformation. For more details, visit the NCATC 2017 Conference webpage or click here to REGISTER NOW!

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

J. Craig McAtee, NCATC Executive Director