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April 18, 2018 | Categories: America Makes News
America Makes’ Workforce and Educational Outreach (WEO) Advisory Group has been working with the America Makes/TPMA WEO Team to address the WEO Roadmap via working groups. The Advisory Group is representative of the six areas of America Makes convening: small business, large business, non-profit, academia, government, and Manufacturing USA. Advisory Group members participate on working groups and some serve as external co-chairs with internal NCDMM staff co-chairs. Working groups also consist of other America Makes members and partners. WEO Team’s Brenda Vogley keeps track of who is on each team and invites additional individuals to participate as requests for involvement with WEO efforts occur.
There are currently 36 individuals serving on WEO working groups. The current WEO Roadmap consists of 5 swimlanes and 24 critical talent elements (CTEs). Each working group addresses a swimlane: Knowledge & Awareness, Competency & Skills, Industry Experience, Individual Advancement, and Scaling & Diffusion.
The Advisory Group meets monthly and working groups meet as needed to continue work on CTEs. The CTEs include everything from curriculum and capstone projects to apprenticeship, employer needs, and value analysis, just to name a few. The NCDMM co-chairs for each working group are responsible for getting all the roadmap information into the America Makes digital storefront once are criteria for posting to the storefront is satisfied. Joe Veranese, NCDMM Business Systems Manager, has been instrumental in working with the WEO Team and Advisory Group to link the working groups’ efforts to the digital storefront. Working group external co-chairs provide updates on the WEO Roadmap activities during the monthly Advisory Group meeting.
“The commitment of the Advisory Group and working groups is evident given the time and talent necessary to address all the WEO Roadmap work. Working with our members and partners in this capacity is very rewarding,” said Vicki Thompson, WEO Team lead.
America Makes would like to thank all participants for the work they are doing to address the WEO Roadmap elements:
Co-Chairs: Kris Ward, Tooling U-SME; Jon Spragg, EOS; and Bill Walch, NCDMM
Co-Chairs: Diana Verdugo, FormLabs and Shawn Nesmith, NCDMM
Co-Chairs: Craig McAtee, NCATC; Terri Burgess Sandu, LCCC; and Brian Schmidt, NCDMM
Co-Chairs: Tim Heller, HP and Shawn Nesmith, NCDMM
Co-Chairs: Tim Simpson, Penn State and Tiffany Westbay, NCDMM
If you’re interested in serving on a working group, please contact WEO Team Lead, Josh Cramer.