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Automation Federation to exhibit at Workforce Development Institute conference

January 9, 2015) – As part of its strategic mission to help develop a workforce capable of competing in advanced manufacturing, the Automation Federation will be exhibiting in late January at Workforce Remix, a Workforce Development Institute conference sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The conference, to be conducted 28-31 January 2015 at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel and Spa in Newport Beach, California, will bring together education leaders, manufacturing executives, and workforce and economic development experts from both government and private enterprise to assess current workforce challenges and consider new partnerships and perspectives.

In response to President Obama's education agenda and challenge for community colleges to educate an additional 5 million students with degrees, certificates, or other credentials by 2020, the AACC is promoting the advancement of a new strategy it calls the 21st-Century Initiative.

Serving nearly half of the undergraduate students in the US, community colleges are a vital part of the postsecondary education delivery system. By providing open access to postsecondary education, they provide essential workforce development and skills training that would be otherwise inaccessible.

The Automation Federation has long regarded community colleges as essential for providing the community-based education and training needed to groom future automation and control professionals and engineers. For many years, it has been working with the AACC as well as individual community colleges to help expand students’ access to automation curriculum and degree programs.

In 2012, the Automation Federation worked with the AACC to establish the US Automation Community College Consortium. The member colleges that comprise the Consortium use the Automation Federation’s Automation Competency Model as the framework for developing an automation curriculum that will result in two-year degree programs in specific automation arenas and provide an educational track leading to a four-year degree program in automation, engineering, and technology.

The Automation Federation is currently working with three community colleges—Cleveland Community College in Shelby, North Carolina; Cerritos College in Norwalk, California; and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa—to develop automation curriculum leading to associate degrees in automation.

“The Automation Federation and the AACC have established a strong partnership around the Community College Consortium,” says Steve Pflantz, Chair of the Automation Federation Workforce Development Committee. “We’re confident that, by working together, we’re creating a pathway for a new generation of automation professionals that is so critical to the future of advanced manufacturing.”

To view a draft agenda of the Workforce Remix conference along with a list of pre-conference workshops, visit the conference website.

About the Automation Federation
The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization of sixteen (16) member organizations and six working groups engaged in automation activities. The Automation Federation enables its members to more effectively fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is the "Voice of Automation."

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