Executive Director's Message


January 2019

NCATC Friends and Colleagues,

A quick look back at 2018 and our 30th Anniversary highlights.

Strategic Industry Partnerships, Apprenticeships, Industry-Recognized Credentials, coupled with Emerging Technologies were the predominant themes at the 30th Anniversary NCATC Conference in Cleveland, OH (oh, and the Browns and Indians won, too) this September.  Industry 4.0 / Smart Automation and work-based learning were catalysts for discussions about training a new generation, bringing even more educators current with new technologies and delivering more flexible solutions for workforce training.

NCATC brought over 200 community college, manufacturing and workforce professionals together to share best / promising practices and solutions to improve training approaches and move workforce education forward. 

  • Montez King, NIMS and Dr. Rebecca Lake, Harper College, were joined by Denise Ball, Tooling U-SME and presented the importance of providing apprenticeships to fill the ever-increasing skills gap. Harper College was one of the first in the nation to sponsor a Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship (RA) and NIMS recently introduced the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) which gives employers the flexibility to design a modular, competency-based apprenticeship program specifically targeting their needs. Tooling U-SME supports both approaches by providing online learning modules for manufacturers to upskill incumbent workers or employ new workers on a regular and steady basis.

  • Mary Ann Pacelli, NIST/MEP, Jeannine Kunz, Tooling U-SME, and Roy Swift, ANSI/Workcred, shared data from a recently released reports from all three organizations examining the value of industry-recognized credentials, certifications, and credit for prior learning. Recommendations from the reports included, expanding the use of quality standards for credentials, adding employability skills components to existing and new credentials and creating credentials that focus on employee performance. 

The NCATC Board of Directors and staff hope to see you at AACC’s WDI2019 in San Diego, CA – January 30-February 02, 2019 where we will share key Industry 4.0 Toolkit outcomes from our partnership with AACC and the Arconic Foundation and a cohort of nine select community colleges focused on improving the technical workforce development in diverse areas such as Cybersecurity, Simulation, System Integration, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Industrial Internet-Of-Things (IIOT), Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Robotics, etc.

And, don’t forget to Save-the-Date for the 2019 NCATC Summer Workshop hosted by Oakland Community College (OCC) and FANUC America in Auburn Hills, MI – June 6-7th. For more event details, visit the BRAND NEW ncatc.org.

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

J. Craig McAtee, NCATC Executive Director