June 2020
Peer to Peer Shop Talk Identifies Instructional Resources
Shop Talk video conference calls were held weekly during May. Educators demonstrated the systems and programs they are using to teach remotely. The instructional resources suggested during the call are being collected in a reference that teachers can use as they prepare for fall semester.

Join Shop Talk: The next Shop Talk will be on Tuesday, June 23 at 3:30 PM. To join these Shop Talk calls, please Click Here to request access and/or get on the list for future notifications.
Watch Shop Talk: Previous recorded Shop Talk calls are available on the Edu2Mfg website
Resources: See List of Shop Talk Resources on the website
Project Update
First Virtual Tour Hosted by Parallax Inc.
Ken Gracey, CEO, Parallax Inc. graciously hosted the first Edu2Mfg virtual tour for students on May 20. Based in Rocklin, Parallax has been creating robust electronics and programming texts and tutorials for students in middle school through university for over 20 years. The STEM-based learning products enable students to build the logical and analytical skills they need to gain a competitive edge in the classroom and in their future careers.

Teachers thought the first virtual was successful and an excellent way to show students how the skills they are learning apply in business and excite them about career opportunities.

"Great virtual field trip yesterday. Thanks to Ken for hosting it and doing a great job leading it!"
Brian Grigsby, Shasta High School
"The HR portion definitely hit home with students who didn't really buy into the importance of how to navigate the employment realm. The shop tour was very good as well; great use of equipment and resources. The technical portion was probably a bit over their heads but emphasizing the 'you can learn anything' message was very good. Showing that many of your team are self-taught was great to hear as well." 
Craig Todd, Monterey Trail High School

Gracey indicated that he was grateful that employees were willing to communicate with students through video teleconference. "We've got a few who aren't afraid to be recognized, to share their work and communicate openly," said Gracey. "Coordinating an actual field trip presents quite a few barriers for all parties, but this virtual format amplifies opportunities. I really like the idea of giving students an experience to visualize different career paths, while reducing barriers of a physical tour."
Watch the Parallax tour.
NETLAB+ and Autodesk® Testing Virtual Platform for Fusion 360
Mark Martin, Regional Director - Advanced Manufacturing, Bay Area Community Colleges, announced that the California Community Colleges NETLAB+ project, along with Autodesk®, is testing ways to host Fusion 360 on a virtual machine. "It would allow students to use their computers as simply monitors and input (mouse/keyboard) devices," said Martin. "All the computations are happening in the 'cloud.'"

Many advanced manufacturing instructors use Fusion 360. "While Fusion 360 is very flexible, it doesn't run on Chromebooks and some older computers," said Martin. "If you have students who might need this access to Fusion 360, please have them fill out this form (https://forms.gle/SJNicDtEjKxc5xiF6) and we'll get back to them with the sign-in information. We're still testing this out so please bear with us and let us know if you have any questions."
SME Manufacturing Expo - Oct. 8, 2020
Plan to attend SME's Manufacturing Expo on Oct. 8th at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento. Gain valuable insights, connections and resources as you network with manufacturing professionals, high school and college students, and educational counselors. The Expo is sponsored by the North/Far North California Community Colleges, MUN CPAs, the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) and Siemens Mobility, Inc. The Expo will showcase over 100 industry trade booths, offer 13 breakout sessions and a keynote presentation by Siemens Mobility Director of Quality Management, Kevin McGrew. 

Attendees will get a firsthand look at new products, comprehensive services and integrated solutions offered by exhibitors. Learn more and register at the SME MFG Expo website:  www.smemfgexpo.com.   
Partner Resources
Tooling U-SME: Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing for the Sacramento Region, can give instructors a 90-day, no-cost access to Tooling U-SME. The online training is extensive and has tracking metrics as well.
Autodesk®: Di Jin, Account Manager, Autodesk Education Experiences team, shared these resources:
  • Autodesk Design Academy, where educators and students can get free software and educational resources in manufacturing.

  • Summer Network and Learn series: What's Happening in Education? This is a weekly chat to discover novel applications of Autodesk software and discuss interesting projects from around the education world. It starts June 5, 2020 and is held every Friday at 8 AM PST until July 31, 2020. 'Designing in Other Realities' will be on 6/5 with special guest, Juan Antonio Islas Muñoz, Professor and Head of Transportation Design, University of Cincinnati, who will discuss how students and faculty have embraced Virtual Reality technology to extend design & visualization capabilities. Register
Parallax Inc.: Complimentary teacher training in June, July and August featuring the cyber:bot robot with micro:bit and introducing Python programming, electronics and cyber security following the cyber:bot tutorial series.  Learn more at Parallax Expanded Distance Learning for Educators.

Parallax has also introduced free drop shipping to multiple addresses. Instructors can submit a single purchase order to Parallax along with a list of shipping addresses. Distance learning programs can easily run their courses without students needing to retrieve the products from the lab .  Contact education@parallax.com or call the Educator Hotline (916) 701-8625.
Career Opportunities
Happy Retirement Valaine!
Valaine Donaghue has dedicated more than 25 years to building and inspiring skilled and confident students in CTE disciplines in Placer and Nevada counties as well as with Advanced Manufacturing for the North Region. She has been an indispensable support to educators and industry partners.

According to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Associate Dean of Workforce Innovation, Sierra College, Valaine has reached thousands of students through projects such as:
  • Sierra College Computer Integrated Electronics introductory electronics kits for high school students
  • Placer County's School to Career initiative
  • Sierra College Career & Technical Education Committee Community Education Liaison
  • Outreach and Job Placement coordinator for Sierra College Workforce Development grant projects
  • Outreach Coordinator for Walsh Family Scholarships through the Placer Community Foundation and the Sierra College Foundation
  • Outreach, Event & MakerMatic Intern Coordinator for the Sierra Makerspaces initiative

"Students remember Valaine as someone who believed in them and encouraged them to reach their goals, inspire them and (at times) gently nudge them to behave, dress and talk like the future professionals they will become," said Pepper-Kittredge.  "Many credit her with winning their first job, successfully navigating a crisis and pursuing their educational dream.  Valaine, your dedication, perseverance, joy of life and 'get it done' mantra has made all of our lives wonderfully meaningful."

Bon Voyage to Valaine and her husband David as they relocate to Kentucky! We wish you much happiness.
Manufacturing Resources
Jeff Briggs . Regional Director . Advanced Manufacturing North Region 
916.316.8100 . JeffBriggs@SierraCollege.edu  .  http://www.edu2mfg.org/  
Hosted at Sierra College . 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin CA 95677
Funding provided in part through Sierra College Grant #19-452-001, administered by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.