Volume 1, Issue 6 | October 1, 2020
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work is pleased to bring you news and resources in collaboration with the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education (ATE) community and industry partners. We hope that this content will be useful in this time of substantial educational change. For more information about our project, please visit preparingtechnicians.org.
Upcoming Events
October Marks Manufacturing and
Cybersecurity Awareness Months
What is Manufacturing Month?
Get Involved - Great Ideas and Resources
These websites offer tools to engage in Manufacturing Month including lesson plans, posters, graphics, social media kits, presentations templates, and event locators throughout the country. These tools may be useful throughout the year.
What is Cybersecurity Awareness Month?
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) has officially begun. Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity to ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. This initiative is a collaboration between the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Get Involved - Great Ideas and Resources
We've compiled a list of resources and links for ideas to educate, mobilize, and engage in Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It contains links to infographics, data visualization tools, statistical data as well as social media campaign materials, events ideas, and events locators. Click here to access.
Beware of Cyber-Spooky Habits and Secure Your IoT!
October is filled with witches and ghouls and other frightening things, but the Internet of Things doesn't have to be scary when you protect your devices with the tips in this fun toe-tapping video.
by Sans Security Awareness
Industry Spotlight
Industry Advisory Board Member Allen Carlson
Brings Manufacturing Expertise to the Project
Allen Carlson brings a wealth of experience to the Industry Advisory Board for Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work with four decades of extensive senior management and leadership experience at global manufacturing fluid-power and motion-control companies. He spent 20 years with Sun Hydraulics, the last 16 years as President and CEO. During this time, Sun transitioned from a privately held company to a public company. As a public company, revenue grew from $50M to $225M and with a market cap from $50m to $1.2B. Prior to joining Sun Hydraulics, Carlson served in various engineering, product management and sales assignments for Vickers (Trinova), Incorporated. Carlson joined the University of Florida’s College of Engineering in May 2016 to launch and grow UF’s Sarasota Innovation Station, an economic development and engineering education initiative. Read more.
Professional Development Resources
Webinar Provides Presenters Accessibility Training
On September 2nd, the webinar "Creating More Accessible Presentations" was held in preparation for the upcoming National Careers Pathways Conference. The session was geared for NCPN presenters and provided information and best practices for optimizing the conference experience for all participants. Presenters were outfitted with a number of guides, tips, and tools for inclusivity and safeguarding compliance.

The panel of experts included Rachael Bower - NSF ATE Central, Donna Lange - NSF DeafTEC, Mike Sauter - Saddleback College, and Madeleine Rothberg - National Center for Accessible Media. It was organized by Shelia Wilson, NCPN Conference Manager.

Click here for a list of resources shared during the webinar.
There's still time register! Join the NCPN Virtual Conference 2020 on Thursday and Friday, October 15-16, from Noon to 3:00 EDT each day. The conference schedule consists of inspiring keynotes, informative featured presentations, and panels of experts on cutting-edge topics. Attendees will be given access to a wide range of asynchronous breakout sessions to view at their convenience for 10 months.

For the full NCPN conference schedule/program and to register, see the NCPN Conference website at www.ncpn.info/conf_2020.
Learn More About
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
Get better acquainted with our project by watching this 2-minute introductory video. As the Future of Work becomes an increasingly prevalent topic, feel free to share this video with your colleagues or students and start a dialogue about how workforce and education can mobilize to address the issues on the horizon.
Listen to the Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work Podcasts
Hosted by Mike Lesiecki, the project's monthly podcasts cover topics such as artificial intelligence, the internet-of-things, cybersecurity, advanced robotics, digital design and prototyping, and other topics at the changing interface of technology, work, and education.  In each podcast, you will hear interviews with industry leaders and working technicians in the field.

Catch up on any of our past podcasts here: https://www.preparingtechnicians.org/podcasts/
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Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF DUE #1839567. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.