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Jim Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement


Aligning Technology and Talent Development

APLU has partnered with the Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), one of the national manufacturing innovation institutes set up under the federal Manufacturing USA program, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), the nation’s largest cross-industry technology development organization, for an initiative that aims to bring workforce development upstream to talent development.

Together, APLU, LIFT and NCMS have named seven scholars and teachers to its Expert Educator Team (EET) led by two APLU and NCMS staff members. The EET is collaborating with LIFT’s technology project teams to identify how colleges and universities can modify their curricula and related industry certifications to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities workers will need for jobs deploying emerging innovative lightweighting technologies, materials, and processes being developed by LIFT.

The EET will convene several times from 2017-2018 to review emerging technological innovations in lightweighting and identify the knowledge, skills and abilities these new technologies will require of the next generation design and production workforces. 

The EET will produce a series of reports to urge universities and industry partners to work together to address known “pain points” in building and enhancing the competitiveness the advanced manufacturing workforce. Primary emphases of the papers will be on universities’ ability to translate technology, materials, and process development—especially related to lightweighting—into emerging competencies and to develop strategies that address skill needs. 

As part of the initiative, LIFT will also host a workshop for universities and their industry partners in LIFT states. The focus of the workshop will be on methods for identifying effective technology-aligned, work-and-learn education strategies, and on action planning for adoption of strategies. Registration details will be available shortly.

Questions about this project may be addresses to Shalin Jyotishi in APLU's Office of Economic Development & Community Engagement.


Report 1: Aligning Technology and Talent Development
Report 2: Aligning Technology and Talent Development: Recommendations from the APLU- and NCMS-led Expert Educator Team

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