Tooling U-SME Newsletter  

Problem-Solving is in Manufacturers' DNA

Facing the COVID-19 Crisis

This is an unprecedented time in world history, which heavily impacts the manufacturing industry. Yet, at times of national crisis — and through daily challenges — the manufacturing industry has always gotten creative. Problem-solving is in manufacturers’ DNA.  READ MORE

NEW: Turnkey Training Program

Tooling U-SME is committed to working with manufacturers to get through these next difficult months. The most forward-thinking companies are taking time now to increase training using online learning. We’re making that even easier through our quick-start program called Turnkey Training, which offers ready-made, online training programs for key manufacturing functions, including machining, maintenance, quality, additive, composites, welding, assembly, and more—for your newest workers to tenured employees. Visit Turnkey Training for more information and learn how you can build a career path for your workforce.

NEW: Smart Manufacturing Dept.

Every month we update our class catalog with new online content. In addition to releasing new titles, we also refresh our existing content to reflect the latest technology, teaching, and industry best practices. Our most recent set of class releases includes an entirely new department: Smart Manufacturing. So far, titles include:  Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Basics, Cybersecurity for Manufacturing: Malware Overview, Introduction to the Industrial Internet of Things, Introduction to Digital Twin, and Introduction to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. View our class catalog to see all our current titles.


Joining Forces to Provide Education Resources

We are proud to be a founding member of the newly formed CTE Coalition. This group of world-class industry partners has joined forces to provide the resources necessary to keep Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs moving forward as many schools have temporarily closed to students. The CTE Coalition includes long-standing partners and industry leaders, including Lincoln Electric, Haas Automation, Sandvik, NC3, SkillsUSA, Caterpillar, NCCER, Mastercam, Autodesk, American Welding Society, and camInstructor. Together, we want to make it easy for educational institutions to provide the best manufacturing learning possible for their students and remove any barriers for educators to manage their instruction. 

And yet, high school students and instructors can use even more help. In response, Tooling U-SME has partnered with the SME Education Foundation, which is taking action to help thousands of additional high school students across the country obtain access to more online education in manufacturing and engineering. If you are interested in supporting these efforts, please contact Rob Luce, Vice President, SME Education Foundation. 

Questions to Ask Before Launching an Elearning Program

In a recent two-part blog series, Katie Strand, longtime Tooling U-SME Client Success Manager, poses several common questions to consider prior to launching a new elearning program.  She advises that, without a strategic rollout, training programs can underperform. Instead, define the criteria for success ahead of time to make the most of your investment. A clear, consistent message about the importance and benefits of the program along with a well-thought-out plan will create a successful elearning program for your employees and your company. Enhanced productivity, cost savings, and improved morale are sure to follow. READ MORE

Tooling U-SME Awarded DoD Workforce and Education Grant

The Department of Defense (DoD), sponsored by the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research in support of the Manufacturing Engineering Education Program, has awarded Tooling U-SME a workforce and education grant to help develop relevant, manufacturing-focused training for the current and next-generation manufacturing workforce.  Tooling U-SME has partnered with Hamilton-Ryker® TalentGro and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) to deploy new educational resources into apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs and align to industry-recognized credentials. READ MORE    
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