It is my privilege to serve as NCATC Board President for 2017.  I look forward to meeting many of you at our Summer Workshop in Madison, Wisconsin and our Fall Conference in Portland, Oregon. 

For 29 years, NCATC has been engaging community and technical colleges to address the advanced technology needs of business and industry.  Our members are on the forefront of cutting-edge technology platforms and are a critical part of the nation’s talent development system. 

Most of us are facing similar challenges in our local communities. These include workforce shortages, skill gaps, and advancing technologies compounded by decreased funding to address these issues. In my 14 years as an active member of NCATC, I have found the organization to be a valuable resource for me and my institution because of the nationwide network of members with which to collaborate, gain new ideas, and troubleshoot problems.  St. Louis Community College has also benefited from the network of NCATC Strategic Partners by seeing new technologies first-hand, and by receiving member institution discounts on purchases of equipment and services for our ATC.  Additionally, we are considering taking advantage of the NCATC Member Assistance Program (MAP) to evaluate our local programs and services to see how we compare nationally and how we can improve.  

I emphatically affirm that SLCC as an institution, and I personally, have benefited greatly from our active and engaged participation in NCATC. I am sure you already know that NCATC is a great resource.  I encourage you to become more actively engaged in NCATC events, activities, and resource sharing.  

NCATC welcomes your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions.  I would love to discuss ways in which you and your colleagues might contribute to our fall conference this October in Portland.  If you are interested and would like to discuss potential presentation topics with me, feel free to call or email me.  I know each of our member colleges is doing great things.  Please consider NCATC as an avenue for promoting the good work you do and as an opportunity for professional development for you and your staff.  Also, be sure to spread the word to other community and technical colleges in your region about the great things NCATC is doing.  We all really do benefit from each other.   

On behalf of the NCATC Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to an exciting year. 

Don Robison
2017 NCATC Board President