2017 National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) National Conference
Read the information below and click here to register for the special FAME/AMCP/AMT activities at the NCPN Conference:
It’s time for representatives of AMCP/AMT programs and chapters to register for the NCPN Conference. This is our other major conference in the Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways year. For those of you who are working to build the global-best technician pathway there are some exciting things for this year’s conference. They include:
TWO WORKSHOPS THAT WILL DIRECTLY IMPACT THE QUALITY OF YOUR PROGRAM
Teaching the Professional Behaviors
As part of the AMT Program the College Partner in the local AMT Chapter has accepted the responsibility to teach and develop the AMT Professional Behaviors as part of their core curriculum (Professional Behaviors – Manufacturing Core Exercises – Technology). There’s a very structured and standardized method for developing the Professional Behaviors which is already garnering national acclaim. This workshop is intended primarily for AMT College Partner faculty, staff, and administration representatives (but is very good for others in the chapter, also) who are responsible for leading, teaching, and developing AMT student on their campus. The Professional Behaviors component cannot be effectively delivered unless faculty are trained and prepared to do so, and this is the primary activity for enabling them to do that.
AMT Live! Go-and-See Benchmarking Visit to the MOFAME-Lewis & Clark Chapter
The MOFAME-Lewis and Clark chapter is a well-developed AMT Program that effectively delivers and features some of the most important signature elements of this national best-practice career pathway. Present for this event will be representatives from all levels of the career pathway: K-12 programs (up to four, representing various pools from which a program can potentially recruit, including a traditional high school, a career technical center, a home school association, and a STEM advocacy organization). At the 2-year college level the AMT students, faculty, and staff will be present. Northwood University, the universal AMCP provider of the AMB bachelors and masters levels continuation, will be present. For all of those levels, the employers of MOFAME will be present. This visit should be incredibly valuable for program learning and benchmarking for both employers and educators in AMT chapters. Employers can gauge how their College Partners compare to the benchmark school and both confirm their own strong practices and gain valuable insight for future improvement. College Partners can learn how a peer school approaches and conducts their program, and do the same: confirm strong practices and identify areas for improvement (with live examples of how to do so).
SPECIAL CONNECTIVTY EVENT BY THE HOPE STREET GROUP
HSG is a strong partner with and advocate of the FAME national network and the AMCP/AMT Program. They are offering a special activity at NCPN especially designed for attendees of the two Pre-Conference Workshops. Food, vision, and learning are all brought together among people of a like mind. In Hope Street Groups words:
“Immediately following the go-and-see benchmarking visit to MOFAME, Hope Street Group will be hosting a special Connectivity event with light food and beverages, also free of charge. Please see the attachment for additional information. This event advances our roles at the NCPN National Conference to learn more about what is happening in the rest of the career pathways world, connect with each other and other leaders in the career pathways space to improve our practices, and share our best practices with the career pathways world to improve our society.”
I would highly recommend that you add this to your agenda to attend.
NOTE: You must register for the Hope Street Group event separately. Please click this link to register for the HSG Connectivity event:
TWO MEETINGS WITH KEY INPUT FOR THE FUTURE OF FAME/AMCP/AMT
Employer Focus Group
As the already crisis-level difficulty in recruiting effective skilled talent grows much worse the importance of building a career pathway to directly confront this problem becomes paramount. As part of continuing to strengthen the FAME/AMCP career pathway, and other career pathways as well, we wish to work with NCPN to take it to new levels of service for employers. We want NPCN to become a destination and a solution for employers with critical needs for top level skilled talent. This focus group will hone in on what you, as an employer, would find of such value at the NCPN conference that you would want to come to it every year, and feel that it was well worth your time to attend. Only you can provide this answer!
FAME Future Development
FAME and the AMCP/AMT Program are growing beyond what was anticipated in the original vision. On the one hand, that’s great real world feedback that something very good, indeed, is being done. On the other hand it causes us to think about what needs to happen as program growth continues. What should FAME look like in the future? What would be most helpful to you? Our resources to continue growth are limited in the current state of things. How do we move forward? We need your ideas, your advice, and your wisdom.
AND A PRESENTATION BY ONE OF OUR OWN
Carol Crawford of Northwood University, the provider of AMB for all FAME chapters, will be presenting:
Breakout Session 1
“FAME and Northwood University: Building a Successful and Sustaining Partnership”
Let’s all attend and support her.
See the attached special schedule above for more details.
Click here to register for the special FAME/AMCP/AMT activities at the NCPN Conference:
Note, you are NOT registering for the NCPN Conference through the link above, but for AMCP/AMT-specific activities at NCPN. To register for the NCPN National Conference, see immediately below:
NCPN MAIN CONFERENCE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
For more information and to register for the NCPN Conference, please go to this link:
FAME/AMCP/AMT: Why Do We Attend?
-The core goal of FAME/AMCP/AMT is to consistently produce global-best entry-level technical talent.
-A global-best program that produces global-best talent cannot be achieved with mediocre leadership, so …
-NCPN is one of two major conferences that we utilize as part of building global-best leaders for FAME/AMCP/AMT Programs.
AMCP/AMT Leaders have 4 major roles at the NCPN Conference:
1 – Attend AMT Program specific training to strengthen the ability of local chapters to effectively provide the program and to achieve the intended outcomes. It is the day before the conference starts (on the “Pre-Conference Day”), and is free (no registration fee) for those who are part of the program. You must, however, sign-up for it through the registration page on the FAME-USA site.
2 – Continue to learn what is happening in the rest of the career pathways world. In order to make AMCP/AMT the most effective, global-best pathway, producing global-best entry level technicians, it’s necessary to keep up with career pathways development and the resources that may be available to us (including funding) through it. If our colleges and program leaders settle into their own local silo it’s a sure bet that our ability to strengthen and improve will be handicapped. Please see the attachment that illustrates the role of NCPN in coordination with our own AMCP/AMT national conference.
3 – Participate with other AMCP/AMT attendees from different chapters and national leadership to continue our teamworking dialogue and work to improve together. There is a separate agenda-within-the-agenda for us. It’s attached.
4 – Give back to the career pathways world to improve our society. Each year there is at least one presentation at the conference by an AMCP/AMT provider.
Each year each local chapter/program will ideally send at least one representative from chapter leadership and one from the College Partner. However, please note that often the training provided at NCPN is specifically intended to assist the college in more effectively providing some element of their required program. If your College Partner does not send a representative to this training who can then take it back and use it to develop the rest of the AMT staff, it will be very difficult for them to achieve the outcomes necessary for the program to succeed. This training is part of our effort to support our education partners. This is true for this year – 2017 – also. The morning half-day seminar will be “Teaching the Professional Behaviors,” one of the core elements of the AMT Program. The afternoon session will be a benchmarking trip to the MOFAME AMT Program, a great example of how to provide many of the elements of the AMT Program, including the Professional Behaviors, Manufacturing Core Exercises, etc. We will also be featuring representatives from all levels of the career pathway. K-12, 2-year college, post-secondary, and supporting employers. It’s a great benchmarking opportunity.