Summer Educator Program Growing
With the Sacramento Valley Manufacturers Initiative (SVMI), Education to Manufacturing supported the summer professional development for educators in Advanced Manufacturing, explained Mike Bell, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Advanced Manufacturing (Edu2Mfg), North Region. "The training program grew in 2019 from nine to 21 schools, a 122% increase," said Bell. "Participants increased 140% from 10 in 2018 to 24 in 2019. Also, the training reached more districts, expanding from four to 10 high school and college districts." In addition to high school instructors, the program expanded to include community college instructors.
John Fuller, Engineering Teacher, Roseville High School attended multiple CNC and welding sessions. "The training was well structured and gave me ample time to get hands-on practice with the machines and equipment," said Fuller. "By providing my students with tangible, hands-on projects in CNC machining, I am hoping this will spark interest and passion in our students so they choose a path in manufacturing or any STEM field."
The topics of the nine training sessions included: CNC Mill, Lathe and Maintenance; CNC Plasma and Waterjet; Manual Mill and Lathe; MIG and TIG Welding; Metallurgy; Metrology; Reading Drawings and Shop Math, according to Bell. "The number of trainers grew this year from four to 10," said Bell. "Four of the trainers were from industry and the others were college and high school teachers."