March 2020
SVMI Celebrates Manufacturing Education Partnerships
Members of the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) will celebrate Sacramento industry's second year of successful partnerships with educators on Wednesday, March 25 from 7:30 -- 11 am at the Folsom Community Center. At this State of Manufacturing & Education in the Sacramento Region event, high school and community college students will be exhibiting their projects. Click here for more information and tickets.
Project Update
Teacher Training Builds Community Around Manufacturing Education
Pete DeLosa, Career & Technical Education, Golden Sierra High School, attended the three recent Train the Trainer sessions sponsored by Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) and Advanced Manufacturing North Region, California Community Colleges ( "This training was awesome," said DeLosa. "I went home with weeks worth of lesson plans and got to experience going through some of those plans as the student while I was there. It was a great opportunity to make connections with other teachers as well. I really feel like I am developing a community of teachers to learn from and with." 

The sessions were organized by Steve Dicus with Dan Frank, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing teacher, Rocklin High School. For more information about upcoming training, contact Steve Dicus at 916-276-9520.
Fifth Annual CTE Counselor Conference 
According to Teri Munger, organizer of the 2020 CTE Counselor Conference and Coordinator, Greater Sac/North Inland CTE Pathways, over 375 people from 67 cities attended the Fifth Annual Career Technical Education (CTE) Counselor Conference. "The free regional event gives attendees knowledge, tools, resources and contacts to effectively guide students and parents on pathways leading to in-demand, regional CTE careers," said Munger. The Advanced Manufacturing North Region supported this event.

Some of the feedback from participants included:
"Great event for counselors. Good information designed for their needs"
"Very helpful to heart about specific programs available in our area."
"I always love hearing from the students and their own stories. It has helped me to make sure I am doing what I need to as a counselor to help my students find their purpose."

Read more comments from attendees at blog post on 2020 CTE Counselor Conference.
If you missed the conference, you can find information on the CTE Counselor Conference website
NorCal Robotic Expo in Rocklin on May 30
Sierra College Mechatronics is hosting the NorCal Robotics Expo at the Rocklin campus on May 30 from 10 AM to 6 PM. All ages of competitors are welcome with signed release forms. Special guests include TV's Battlebots team members and their robots as well as Stormtroopers from Star Wars 501st Legion. This event is free for spectators and parking is free as well. NorCal Robotics Expo registration information.
Manufacturing Education Blog Posts
To report on manufacturing news relevant to educators and manufacturers, Advanced Manufacturing North Region has started a Edu2Mfg blog. If you have news share for this Edu2Mfg newsletter and/or the blog, please contact Jeff Briggs at 916-316-8100 or
Sierra College Hosts Advisory Committee Meetings
Mechatronics -- Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 6:30 -- 8 PM in the V-127 (V building of Sierra College Rocklin Campus). The primary reason for having this meeting is to ensure that the content of Mechatronics courses is as real-world as possible, explained Tony Osladil, Department Chair, Mechatronics, Sierra College. "We need industry input, especially on which technologies and skills are coming on strong and should therefore be added or enhanced in our program," said Osladil. "We also want to know which skills are becoming less critical and should be pared back."

Advanced Manufacturing -- Sierra College will host an Advanced Manufacturing industry advisory meeting on Wednesday, March 18 from 6 to 8 pm on the Rocklin campus. The college seeks vital input and recommendations from industry partners. The program is currently going through curriculum review for a new Advanced Manufacturing degree program. For more information and to RSVP, contact Rachelle Smith, College & Career Advising, Sierra College Career Education Liaison at 530-320-6347.
'Shop Talk' Calls Build Teacher Network to Share Experiences
Steve Dicus, retired CTE high school teacher and consultant to the Advanced Manufacturing North Region, has been hosting Shop Talk phone calls on a monthly basis. The schedule for the calls varies so more instructors can participate, explained Dicus.

"These calls provide a place for shop teachers to converse and seek input from those experiencing similar situations," said Dicus. "Most, if not all, of these teachers are singletons on their respective campuses. They are running and managing a shop that has its own unique challenges and needs compared to the vast majority of the other teachers on a campus. So, the calls build community among those with experience and those who will possibly encounter similar situations."

Nine teachers have joined in on the calls. If you are a teacher who'd like to share and learn from other CTE and manufacturing instructors, contact Steve Dicus.
February 2020 Comstock's Building for the Future California Manufacturers & Technology Association President Lance Hastings on the myriad challenges faced by the industry
Mar. 10 - Sierra College Mechatronics Advisory Committee Meeting 6:30 -- 8 PM in V-127, Rocklin campus
Mar. 11 - Advanced Manufacturing Industry Panel Discussion, 10:30 AM -- 12 PM, organized by Alan Braggins, Interim Statewide Director, Advanced Manufacturing, California Community Colleges
Mar. 13 - Inductive Automation College Student Career Day from 12 – 2:30 PM in Folsom, RSVP to Inductive Automation
Mar. 18 - Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Committee Meeting from 6 to 8 PM on the Rocklin campus
Mar. 25 SVMI State of Manufacturing & Education in the Sacramento Region from 7:30 -- 11 AM at the Folsom Community Center
Apr. 17 - Sierra College Mechatronics program Career Fair
May 30 - 2nd NorCal Robotics Expo at the Sierra College Rocklin Campus, 10 AM - 6 PM, Sierra College Rocklin campus
Jeff Briggs . Regional Director . Advanced Manufacturing North Region 
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Funding provided in part through Sierra College Grant #19-452-001, administered by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.