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Amazon adds robotics apprenticeship to upskilling initiative

Amazon adds robotics apprenticeship to upskilling initiative

Dan Berthiaume

As part of its $700 million Amazon 2025 employee retraining initiative, the e-tail titan is launching the Mechatronics and Robotics Apprenticeship (MRA) Program. The program, which is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, gives employees the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship that will train them on the skills and technical knowledge needed to fulfill mechatronics or robotics technical maintenance role. Read More
Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector

Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector

McKinsey Global Institute

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored manufacturing’s role in providing products that are critical to health, safety, national security, and the continuity of multiple industries. It has also revealed the extent to which global supply chains are exposed to shocks and disruptions. All of this has occurred at a moment when new technologies, process innovations, input trends, and demand patterns are reshaping manufacturing worldwide, creating opportunities in many cases.

These events have deepened the urgency for the United States to build on an agenda that recognizes the importance of domestic manufacturing for a strong economy and national resilience, both today and in the future. But it will be important to pursue this agenda with a clear view of global competition, since many countries, including China, are continuing to expand their capabilities and compete on dimensions beyond labor costs.

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Future of Caucus Work

Future of Caucus Work

Marilyn Barger, et al

Manufacturing jobs will change more than most sectors. Check out the future of caucus work with this presentation.

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CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

U.S. Department of Education

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.

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A 50-State Analysis of Area Technical Centers

A 50-State Analysis of Area Technical Centers


States face transformational disruptions in education and work that have further widened skill and equity gaps. Area technical centers (ATCs) are under-utilized public educational institutions that are powerful tools in expanding equitable pathways for learners to gain postsecondary credentials that lead to meaningful careers while helping states meet their statewide attainment goals.

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Advance CTE

A survey by Advance CTE of all 50 states, DC and U.S. territories found
that the majority of respondents strongly agree or agree that ATCs help them meet statewide postsecondary goals through delivery of industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary nondegree certifications, short-term certifications and apprenticeship programs.

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How the skills gap is changing the degree path

Mikhail Zinshteyn

To address the demand for job-specific training, these colleges are giving students more ways to gain work experience and short-term credentials while in school.

Shortage of Skilled Workers Greater Threat to US Economy than Automation

Gad Levanon, Elizabeth Crofoot, and Frank Steemers

A study of the Great Recession, automation anxiety, and widespread unemployment. Although some touted the potential for job creation, others predicted catastrophic job loss. But what is the real story? 

State Policies Impacting CTE: 2019 Year in Review

This report from Advance CTE, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the Education Commisison of the States (ECS) is the seventh annual review of CTE and career readiness policies across the United States.

What Jeff Kondel had done for our program has truly put us on the map at Manatee Technical College. He has gone way above and beyond to help our program get where it is today. The ROOTS engineering package…can help people, our young student learners, become high-tech learners in the shortest amount of time… This package allows the maximum amount of learning in the shortest amount of time, making it one of the most efficient educational packages I’ve ever seen in my 40 years of teaching.

I believe that if we are going to be competitive in [the] United States, we need a paradigm shift in education; in that, ROOTS engineering will play a major role. 

Gil Burlew

Dept. Head ACT at Manatee County School Board, Manatee Technical College

Working and Growing with Collaborative Robots

Marlon Walker

Robots have been a part of industry longer than you might think. The patent for the first industrial robot, Unimate, was granted in 1961. However, times have changed… According to the Robotics Industries Association, a collaborative robot, also known as a “cobot”, is specifically designed to work directly with humans, side-by-side, within a defined collaborative workspace.

What Do Cobots Offer Manufacturers?

ROOTS Engineering Services use of UR Cobots leads to jobs - and hugs

Travis Langford

Universal Robotics shares the history of ROOTS as ROOTS programs prepare for new growth. 

Learn about how the ROOTS systems are taking off – and why – in the latest robotics news.

Your robotics package is an innovative breath of fresh air in this arena. Starting with the total cost of robotic ownership, it has been somewhat prohibitive for educators to get the trainer dollars to spend to get a comprehensive suite consisting of multiple robotic cells so that the students can actually spend a reasonable amount of time to learn the language and the programming sequences to allow for simple routines. The next hurdle is the time and expense that is required to send the instructor to the ‘factory’ classes and have them away for weeks at a time. This model alleviates the travel and expense of training the trainer… the curriculum and the content map are effortlessly and organically fine-tuned during the training as well. Dense educational value is very important to me. The ROOTS educational package provides the absolute best experience for the students…

Robert K. MacMillan

Senior Mechatronics Instructor, Valencia College Advanced Manufacturing Center