The Natchitoches Campus of Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) and Northwestern State University will host a Commitment Signing ceremony for students enrolled in the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. The ceremony will take place at the CLTCC Natchitoches Campus at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 The signing event will be similar to signing events…

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Everyone who has looked at the award-winning Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) career pathway training program agrees — it is turning out excellent, highly-skilled workers who are smart and capable problem-solvers. And while the program is helping local businesses in nine states create a pipeline of much-needed talent, there is still work to be done. Hundreds…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]WorkingNation consultant and workforce reporter Ramona Schindelheim reports on the innovative solutions for developing skilled workers for 21st-century jobs. Schindelheim interviewed Toyota Motors North America’s Dennis Dio Parker, whom director Barbara Kopple featured in WorkingNation’s FutureWork series. Parker is the developer of Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways programs, which provide advanced skills training. Even before the…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Alabama is about to be the first state to give a big boost to future manufacturers. The governor announced new manufacturing credentials will be offered at every community college this spring. “Knowing the jobs out there that are available and being able to do things I enjoy every day is a major plus,” said…

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The new Louisiana FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) conducted its first Open House to celebrate Manufacturing Day/Month on November 2, 2017. The newest chapter in the FAME network, LAFAME continues its fast out-of-the-gate start by sponsoring a Manufacturing Day event during their first year of offering the AMT (Advanced Manufacturing Technician) Program. Manufacturing Day/Month…

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Manufacturers in the Cenla region have partnered with Northwestern State University and Central Louisiana Community Technical College Natchitoches Campus in offering a groundbreaking hands-on learning program that allows students to take classes and work part-time in sponsoring manufacturing facilities. A cohort of four students began the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program this fall, which allows…

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About a decade ago, a handful of central Kentucky manufacturing companies banded together to begin addressing a critical challenge. As the state’s manufacturers battled to stay globally competitive, evolving cultural and demographic forces conspired to make finding skilled workers more difficult. A generation of Americans who had learned the trades and created prosperous lives for…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzE_OILmCL8″][vc_column_text] Episode 3 of “FutureWork” premiere yesterday on Fortune.com and Time.com. The episode, titled “Model of the Future,” focuses on a two-year technical program developed by Toyota in central Kentucky that combines real work experience for incoming employees with advanced training in the field of robotics and automation. As manufacturing jobs “re-shore” back to…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/187739466″ align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Educational approaches that emphasize problem-solving and teamwork are preparing the workforce of tomorrow for any possibility. At the international VEX Worlds Robotics Competition, “VEX Robotics World Championship,” Barbara Kopple witnesses how youth working as a team on their own specially-designed robot allows them to develop skills that are becoming essential in the jobs of the…

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