The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing recently hosted a National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) workshop focusing on innovation in workforce development.
The Coalition is a network of higher education resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce development programs and services.
The three-day workshop featured industry tours, exhibits, breakout sessions, and a panel discussion.
Session topics included information on dual enrollment, industry certifications, and educational and economic development partnerships. The workshop also included presentations on manufacturing innovation and apprenticeships.
Keynote addresses were given by representatives from Eastman Chemical Co., Bell Helicopter, and the City of Kingsport. Industry tours were conducted at the A.O. Smith Corp., Domtar, and Eastman.
Beginning with twelve charter members in 1988, NCATC has over 170 member institutions, ranging from colleges, universities and schools to the corporate community, throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.ncatc.org.