Volume 2, Issue 1 | January 2021
Progress Inside the Project
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work project continues to develop regional partnerships with its most recent convening for the Texas Gulf Coast Region. This convening was a series of virtual meetings held in the Fall of 2020 and brought together representatives from Gulf Coast employers, education institutions, and non-profit workforce development organizations.

The Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), the project’s host institution, partnered with San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas and the Greater Houston Partnership to convene the three, 90-minute Zoom meetings. Each session concentrated on one of the three categories of cross-cutting skills that the project has identified as essential for technicians to understand in the future.

  • Business Knowledge and Processes
  • Advanced Digital Literacy
  • Data Knowledge and Analysis
Led by San Jacinto College, this group of Gulf Coast regional representatives continues to meet in 2021 as they delve further into the critical cross-cutting skills as they relate to their their specific sectors and industry and discuss strategies to integrate these into education. Read more about this.
Seeking Subject Matter Experts
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agricultural & Environmental
  • Biological & Chemical
  • Data Science
  • Engineering
  • Information & Security
  • Micro & Nanotechnologies
Industry Connection
Honda Talent Manager Suggests Educators Add IT Skills & Data Analysis to Industrial Maintenance Programs  
Scot McLemore, manager of Talent Acquisition and Deployment at American Honda Motor Company, Inc., places technology trends in two categories: 1) technological advances specific to the products being manufactured and 2) Industry 4.0, particularly the internet of things (IoT). To prepare technicians for advancements in both categories, he suggests educators integrate information technology (IT) basics into traditional industrial maintenance programs.

“What’s important is that those graduates have a fundamental understanding of networked systems. What are IP addresses? How do I change an IP address? So as they are plugging their laptops into manufacturing devices, they have a fundamental understanding of how those things work. That’s what I’d like to see happen. I think that’s where programs are going to need to head. Because we talk about ‘Smart Factory’ and the network systems within industrial operations, and that’s where everything is headed.” Continue reading.

By Madeline Patton
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Creating an Education for Industry 4.0
In this article learn about the how the the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the future of the learn-and-work ecosystem. Programs like Work+ are being innovated to address it head-on and create an experience in which learning and working are synergetic.
National Center for Supply Chain Automation Offers Educational Resources
The National Center for Supply Chain Automation has launched new website with industry and educational resources including including a resource library, certification programs, and a list of of colleges.
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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.