Executive Director's Message


May 2019

NCATC Friends and Colleagues,

As Spring turns into Summer many of our National Coalition Strategic Partners are working on new emerging technologies and workforce and economic development initiatives. NCATC continues to be actively involved in all of these – and many more - for our members:

  • The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), in partnership with Festo Didactic and NC3, will establish industry-recognized skills standards and ultimately credentials for jobs related to Industry 4.0. In light of the significant trend in digitalization of manufacturing through technology advancements such as Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), training in these skills is vitally needed now. With NIMS’ emphasis on manufacturing skills training, credentialing, and standards, plus Festo’s complete Industry 4.0 learning Factories, courseware and eLearning integration, the two organizations are well poised to provide the training programs for Industry 4.0.

  • Community colleges have excelled at providing students with access to higher education, and over the past several years have improved in helping their students succeed. But according to AACC CEO, Walter Bumphus, one area that remains a challenge for all higher education, including two-year colleges, is equity. It’s now a priority that AACC is tackling through its Unfinished Business initiative, which aims to identify why achievement gaps persist and how to address them, from cultural sensitivity in the classroom, to ensuring there are jobs with family-sustaining wages waiting for students on the other end.

  • Tooling U-SME Offers Additive Manufacturing Certification through NOCTI. The certification aligns to the Additive Manufacturing Body of Knowledge compiled by Tooling U–SME, America Makes, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC), and Technician Education in Additive Manufacturing & Materials (TEAMM), with input from more than 500 additive manufacturing professionals. These credential’s competencies have also been cross-walked to the NEW DOL Additive Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Framework led by RCBI.

The NCATC Board of Directors and staff hope to see you at the 2019 NCATC Summer Workshop hosted by Oakland Community College (OCC) and FANUC America in Auburn Hills, MI – June 6-7, 2019. 

Don’t forget to save the date for the 2019 NCATC Fall Conference hosted by the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence (MSAMCoE), formerly 360 in the Twin Cities, MN – September 11-13, 2019.

As always, we encourage you to stay regularly connected, via the NEW 2019 NCATC website, social media, and quarterly e-newsletters like this one.

J. Craig McAtee, NCATC Executive Director