Tooling U-SME Newsletter  

Resources for Educators Pivoting to Online Education
Facing the COVID-19 Crisis

In just the last six weeks, our educational system has been completely transformed. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, many states have now ordered or recommended that schools don’t reopen this academic year, and instead, rely on remote learning. In an impressive feat, Department of Education leaders and instructors across the country quickly pivoted to find virtual solutions for their students. Suddenly, online education has become an urgent national necessity.   READ MORE

Podcasts: CTE Instructors Outline Best Practices for Elearning

In light of the social distancing that is needed to combat COVID-19, most colleges have had to convert to a totally online educational model. For nearly 20 years, Tooling U-SME has been helping community colleges and manufacturing companies train their students and workforce. We are pleased to partner with our nation’s educators to facilitate their shift to the virtual classroom. We have recorded sessions with several Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructors so other colleges can hear directly from them about the best ways to successfully set up and use an elearning system. To listen to the podcasts, CLICK HERE.

Using Pre-Apprenticeships to Fill the Manufacturing Pipeline 

In a recent guest blog, Conrad Mercurious, Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing Tech at Raritan Valley Community College, discusses how to attract young talent to the manufacturing workforce and engage students in exciting careers. He covers how partnerships benefit both manufacturers and students, and how Raritan's manufacturing boot camp, with its "Shark-Tank" type competition encourages innovation. He also outlines the ways pre-apprenticeships serve as a bridge program, offering hands-on learning and access to support, leading to successful careers in manufacturing. READ MORE.

COMMUNITY OF MANUFACTURING

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. Tooling U-SME understands that moving to online instruction is not like flipping a switch, but we are here to help.  Click here to learn more about multiple options to help support your CTE programs.

NEW: Smart Manufacturing Department Added to Catalog

Every month we update our class catalog with new online content. In addition to releasing new titles, we also refresh our existing classes with new content, including new media, to reflect the latest technology, teaching, and industry best practices. Our most recent set of class releases includes an entirely new department: Smart Manufacturing. Current 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.

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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