TNCC to Host National Summit August 8-10 on Collaborating to Close Education and Manufacturing Skills Gap

Published: July 3, 2012

A Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development partnership with Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) will bring educators and manufacturers from across the country to TNCC’s Hampton campus August 8-10 to address the manufacturing skills gap in the United States.

TNCC Workforce Development will host this first inaugural FMA Educators’ Summer Summit at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center located at 600 Butler Farm Road. Summit speakers include Ronald D. Bullock, CEO of Bison Gear, and Amy Earle, Vice President of Antech Systems.

The new summit will convene annually to bring together manufacturing technology educators from community colleges, technical and trade schools and universities with manufacturing employers that have a strong commitment to programs that will produce the next generation of high- and middle-skill employees.

The conference will feature:

• Presentations by technology educators from across North America on best practices and specific new ways to deliver education that meets the needs of manufacturing clients

• Demonstrations of new methods for teaching traditional manufacturing technology skills

• Perspectives from employers committed to advanced skill training and workforce development issues

• Behind the scenes tours of unique workplaces demonstrating a range of skill-based challenges and solutions

• Networking and learning from your peers from around the continent

For additional information on the summit or to register visit

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