Welcome Bonnie Spayd & Matt Janisin to the NCATC Board!
Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development for The Schmidt Training and Technology Center
Reading Area Community College
Bonnie Spayd is currently the Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development for The Schmidt Training and Technology Center at Reading Area Community College. In her position she is responsible for providing a continuum of technology-based education and training to local and regional business and industry, dislocated/underemployed workers and technology degree seeking students. She is responsible for non-credit and credit training and education programs in workforce development, business, manufacturing, IT, mechatronics, automation, precision machining, industrial maintenance, electrical and wastewater utilities. She works closely with diversified local and regional manufacturers in developing internships and job placement programs.
As a visionary leader, she grasps the changing competitive landscape for US manufactures to embrace applied technical cross-skilling of employees. Introduced Advanced Manufacturing Integrated Systems Technology (AMIST) that integrates multiple technical disciplines to create efficiencies in plant operations. She has been instrumental in developing and launching an AAS degree programs in Mechatronics Engineering Technology (one of the first in the nation); created to combine career training with college credit. She implemented a “stackable” credit credential model that allows students to be hired into their field while continuing in their education; growing their practical competency.
She has positioned RACC as a Partner School with the Packaging Manufacturer’s Machine Institute (PMMI) a National original equipment manufacturers organization and coordinated the efforts needed for RACC to be recognized by the Manufacturing Institute (within NAM - The National Association of Manufacturers) as a “M-List” Community College that teaches manufacturing employees to industry standards.
She facilitated a “Technically Skilled Workforce” Panel Discussion in 2012 for the Obama Administration and facilitated public relations events for every PA Governor in office since 2006 (Governors’ Rendell, Corbett and Wolf). She has been sought out by PBS NEWSHOUR, NPR Marketplace, Sky News, Packaging World Magazine and Reading Eagle newspaper to provide interviews as SME on “technical skilled workforce solutions” and “middle skill technical jobs.” She sees the changing competitive landscape for US manufactures, driving RACC as a leader in developing and implementing VR/AR training for I.4.0 Smart Automation.
Prior to joining Reading Area Community College, Bonnie worked in business development for The Manufacturers Association of Berks County. She also held positions in engineering, quality control, quality assurance, sales and marketing communications for a regional safety products manufacturer; and in production and supervision for a pharmaceutical reagent manufacturer.
She holds a BS and MEd in Biological Science from Kutztown University.
Vice President - Business & Workforce Solutions
Gateway Technical College
Matt Janisin has been the Vice President of the Business & Workforce Solutions (BWS) division at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin since October 2017. His primary role is to oversee outreach to business and industry, apprenticeship, customized contract training, Fab Lab activities, business partnerships, and specialized collaborative training initiatives working with organizations including Department of Corrections, local workforce agencies, and private donors. The work done in BWS connects many aspects of the college and its mission to local business and industry which facilitates deeper relationships. Businesses are served though short term customized training to fill their immediate needs, but then connected to the academic programs to ensure they have a pipeline of talent to grow and prosper. Through our customized training relationship with local employers BWS also serves to connect them with current students and alumni using placement services at the college. Through the Fab Lab BWS provides local employers prototyping services and engages our public and private K12 schools, homeschooling groups, and other community organizations with the college using STEM related programming. We are very proud of our K8 outreach to give students an early STEM experience and connect elementary and middle school teachers with Gateway. Gateway is proud to serve as the connection point between the local K12 schools, community organizations, and area businesses to help forge a stronger, higher skilled, and vibrant community.
Starting 2011, Matt served as Gateway’s NC3 Instructor/Coordinator and responsible for coordinating with local, state, and national industry partners to design, develop, and implement industry credentials to help students fill the skills gap found in many industry sectors including transportation, manufacturing, and construction. He developed and delivered a number of the certification courses available through NC3 and its partners, including the Snap-on Diagnostics, Torque, Wheel Service, and Meter certifications, to current Gateway students, local incumbent workers, and fellow instructors from across the world whose colleges have joined the NC3 team. He was a lead instructor on a project in Oujda, Morocco to build a new college level automotive technology program anchored by NC3 industry certifications. Matt continues to support Snap-on and other NC3 industry partners with these initiatives at an administrative level within Gateway.
Matt holds Bachelor (2002) and Master of Science (2007) degrees in Industrial & Technology Education and a doctorate in Career and Technical Education (2016); all from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He taught a variety of CTE related courses, including PLTW engineering, manufacturing, automotive and power sport technologies at the high school level since 2003 while also adjunct teaching in automotive at Gateway since 2007 before joining Gateway fulltime in 2011. His background is in automotive and he is an ASE Certified Master Technician with a number of other ASE endorsements. He has also authored a textbook, Guide to Diagnostic Product Certification.