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STEM Education Holds the Key to Bridging the Skills Gap

Cutting-edge technologies, such as the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, continue to shape current and future jobs across a broad range of industries in ways that no one fully understands yet. Unfortunately, the skills of operators and technicians aren’t keeping pace with the demands of employers. Today, the demand for highly-skilled workers for a… Learn More


Technical Training & Certifications in Prison Systems Could Close Skills Gap

For approximately nine million incarcerated offenders annually, it is the moment they have been counting down toward – they day they’re released back into society. Oftentimes, it can be met with a wide range of emotion: excitement of reuniting with family and friends; relief of reacquiring freedom; and anxiety of what their next steps may… Learn More


Skills Training in Correctional Facilities: How Second Chances Could Help Close the Skills Gap

Employers all throughout industry face a human capital crisis that’s only going to get worse before it gets better. Thanks to a worldwide skills gap and record-low unemployment rates, companies find it increasingly difficult to hire the skilled workers they so desperately need. At the same time, there’s a large population of people who often… Learn More


Evolving CTE Programs Can Help Bridge the Skills Gap

What comes to mind when you hear the words “career and technical education”? Although familiar to most education professionals, those words don’t always ring a bell with others. Many students and parents, for example, are more familiar with terms like “vocational-technical program” or “trade school.” Today’s career and technical education (more commonly referred to as… Learn More


Training for the Future: How CPT and CPT+ Certifications Can Enrich Professional Development

Since its inception, the United States of America has earned the moniker “The Land of Opportunity.” More than 240 years after its founding, that saying still holds true – as long as you know where to look. Currently, the Advanced Manufacturing sector is facing a “skills gap”, meaning there aren’t enough qualified workers to fill… Learn More


NIMS Certifications Pave the Path to a Successful Career in Industry

If you’re looking for a job, look no further than the nearest advanced manufacturing facility. In today’s job market, that’s good advice because manufacturing is booming. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturers added 13,000 new jobs in January 2019. This continues the trend started in 2018. In total, manufacturers created 284,000 jobs in… Learn More


Teach Hands-On Smart Automation Skills in High School Using Amatrol’s Tabletop Smart Factory

High school administrators and career and technical education (CTE) teachers across the country know that preparing their students for the jobs of the future means embracing the new technologies shifting the manufacturing landscape. Cyber-physical systems are combining automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) to bring about a Fourth Industrial Revolution — often known as… Learn More


Amatrol to Showcase Industrial Technology Training Systems at ATX West

For the first time in the company’s 54-year history, Amatrol will attend ATX West (Booth #4394) to showcase a selection of the company’s portable troubleshooting devices, the state-of-the-art Skill Boss, eLearning curriculum and eAssessment software.


“Industry 4.0 Fundamentals” Sets the Deck for Student Success

When the Back to the Future trilogy debuted in 1985, it was met with great fanfare and adoration. It starred an immensely popular child-turned-adult actor (Michael J. Fox), featured one of the coolest movie cars of all time (DeLorean), and boasted a box office grossing of almost $417 million for the three films. Though the… Learn More


Are Your Students Prepared To Work in a Smart Factory?

What do you think of when you hear the words “factory job”? For many people, these words bring to mind images of masses of workers performing repetitive tasks on assembly lines in grimy environments. People with this mental image often assume that all factory jobs are low-skill jobs that don’t require much knowledge or preparation…. Learn More


Dual Enrollment Programs Pave the Pathway to Career Success

How do you prefer to communicate with family members, close friends, and co-workers? The options today are numerous: instant message, tweet, snap, text message, or even — if a non-emoji-enabled technology will have to do — a phone call. Of course, some people fondly remember the days of the landline and what a revolution it… Learn More


Could Automation Revive Manufacturing Apprenticeships?

“Robots are taking away our jobs!” This is the cry heard throughout industry by those who fear losing their jobs to robots and other automated systems. Yes, automation does tend to eliminate some low-skill jobs, but we need to move beyond the simplistic view that automation is nothing more than a job killer. In reality,… Learn More


Where Are All the Highly-Skilled Workers?

Now hiring! Help wanted! These are the signs of our times. While many Americans understand that the national economy has picked up steam and unemployment rates are at their lowest levels in decades, most remain unaware that the nation’s manufacturers are in the midst of a full-blown workforce crisis. Technology is rapidly transforming modern manufacturing,… Learn More


Looking Ahead to Manufacturing Trends in 2019

Take a bow, Manufacturing – you’re looking good! Over the past eight years, manufacturing created roughly 1.1 million jobs, bouncing back from the sector’s abyss experienced during the Great Recession. More recently, according to the Institute for Supply Management, 17 of the 18 major manufacturing industries have experienced growth, with overall production estimated to grow… Learn More


Guiding Students toward the In-Demand Skills & Roles of the Future

It’s the perennial question all kids face as they progress through school: what do you want to be when you grow up? The question takes on greater significance as kids turn into young adults in high school and beyond. For instructors and administrators, the task of guiding the students entrusted to them is more important… Learn More


Four Ways to Establish Ties with Local Community Colleges

In this article, a former high school educator shares four tips on establishing ties with local community colleges, and what benefits it can bring to the students, colleges, and employers. As recent as fall 2015, an estimated 6.9 million students, or roughly 38 percent of undergraduates, were enrolled in two-year (or less-than-two-year) community colleges, according… Learn More


Four Tips on Introducing STEM to Young Learners

In this article, a former high school educator shares four tips to help introduce your young learners to the fields of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Think back to your career dream as a six-year-old. Chances are the choices were rather straightforward: a firefighter, maybe a veterinarian, or even a sports star. The… Learn More


Makerspaces, Amatrol Work to Close the Skills Gap

Explore. Create. Connect. When the California Community Colleges launched their Maker Initiative in 2016 — a three-year, $17-million commitment — the goal was to think outside of the box regarding student education. The plan was simple: enable students to explore possible career paths, while still allowing them freedom to create, and hone, skills that they… Learn More


Training Tomorrow’s Workforce Starts Today

Science fiction fans have waited patiently for decades, eagerly anticipating the day when robots would take over the world. Fortunately, the “rise of the machines” predicted by the Terminator movies has not come to pass. Humans remain in control of Earth, but robots have established a firm foothold in certain areas of our lives. Modern… Learn More


Professional Conferences: How to Show a Solid Return on Investment

Does your organization regularly send its professionals to industry conferences, expositions, or trade shows? If so, you might not have much trouble getting approval for your next business trip to a conference. Unfortunately, many professionals find themselves breaking new ground within organizations that have never paid for employees to attend conferences. Acquiring funds to attend… Learn More


How to Find Grant Funding for Technical Training

The 2017 fiscal year was an important one in the field of grant writing. During that time, the Federal Government awarded over $700 billion in grants and cooperative agreements to small businesses across the country. Additionally, the completion of a Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) pilot program helped to improve the… Learn More


Using eAssessment To Bridge the Skills Gap with Targeted Training

The robots are coming. Sounds like a tag line from an old sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? Fifty years ago, that statement might have struck fear into the heart of those waiting for an imminent attack by chrome-plated, voice-modulated humanoid machines. Thankfully, the far-fetched plots of those old sci-fi movies didn’t come to pass. Nevertheless, the… Learn More


Industry-Standard Certifications Can Jump-Start or Fast-Track Your Career in Advanced Manufacturing

A century ago, the term “factory job” meant a low-skill, low-pay job in a facility that was likely as dirty and gloomy as it was potentially-dangerous. Not something to aspire to, these jobs usually attracted only those unable or unwilling to seek higher education to pursue a different career path. Fast forward to today and… Learn More


Four Reasons You Should Be Teaching IIoT & Smart Factory Technologies

In the manufacturing world, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Smart Factory Technologies are the way of life – machines communicate with each other, proactively working through a variety of projects, as well as problems that may arise. Working hand-in-hand with those employees on the floor, these smart technologies increase production while keeping costs… Learn More


Join Us at ACTE VISION 2018 & See Smart Factory Training Systems In Action

Join Amatrol at the ACTE Career Tech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, Texas on November 29th and 30th. Come see us in booth #800 and check out of our new Smart Factory and Tabletop Smart Factory Learning Systems, Skill Boss, Portable Process Control Learning System, and more! More About Amatrol Learning Systems Featured at the… Learn More


Amatrol Products Part of Ashley Furniture’s $3 Million Investment

Ashley Furniture Press Release Ashley Furniture recently invested $3 million to provide technical training equipment and curriculum for four Wisconsin school districts. Ashley’s state-of-the-art Mobile Skills Laboratory features equipment from Amatrol, FANUC, Yaskawa, and SolidWorks to train students in electronics, manufacturing processes, automation, and robotics. Partnering with the Trempealeau Valley Cooperative, this Mobile Skills Laboratory… Learn More


Four Reasons Why Students Should Seek Out More Apprenticeships

In this article, a former high school educator shares four reasons why apprenticeships should be presented to students of all ages, and how they can prepare a student for the workforce better than a traditional college setting. Sometimes in life, the next logical step in an order of operations is a simple one. For example,… Learn More


Five Ways to Attract Millennials to Manufacturing

In this article, a former high school educator (and current Millennial) shares five ways to attract Millennials to your company, and the benefits their employment can bring to your business. Since they have been old enough to join the workforce, Millennials have received a bad rap. They’ve been labeled as lazy, entitled and impatient, with… Learn More


Austin Peay Becomes Second College to Offer Siemens Bachelor’s Degree

To read the full article from the Leaf Chronicle, click here. Starting in the fall of 2019, Austin Peay State University (APSU) will accomplish something only one other North American post-secondary institution has done: award a Bachelor’s-level Siemens Mechatronics System Certification Program. While several other community colleges offer certificates and Associate’s degrees for Mechatronics, only… Learn More


Bevill State CC introduces free CPT training program in Northern Alabama

To read the full article from The Daily Mountain Eagle, click here. Bevill State Community College recently announced it will kick-off a new automotive curriculum aimed at developing skills in the manufacturing industry around northern Alabama. Using Amatrol‘s world-class Learning Systems, including the state-of-the-art Skill Boss system, students will be able to receive Certified Production… Learn More


New State-of-the-Art Technology Center Opening in Central Louisiana

To read the full article from The Rapides Foundation, click here. Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) recently received a $4 million grant to “strengthen manufacturing training programs” in Central Louisiana and establish the Central Louisiana Manufacturing Technology Center in downtown Alexandria, Louisiana, which will house a state-of-the-art technical training program. This Center will feature… Learn More


Amatrol and MSSC Labor Day Gift to the Nation

Facing ‘skills gap’ in manufacturing workforce nationwide, Amatrol and MSSC partner up to release ‘CPT+ Skill Boss’, a new hands-on training and certification program JEFFERSONVILLE, INDIANA – Thanks to a partnership between two industry leaders, who believe in a hands-on approach to tackling a nationwide ‘skills gap’, the manufacturing workforce may soon see a boom… Learn More


Register Now for the National Career Development Summit

The Coalition for Career Development (CCD) is holding a National Career Development Summit in Washington D.C. on September 12th, 2018. Amatrol is one of the founding sponsors of the CCD and Amatrol CEO Paul Perkins will lead a session at the summit, as will Governors, Congressional leaders, prominent CEOs, and educators. If you’d like to… Learn More


Four Ways eAssessment Can Work for You

Employee training is essential, but let’s face it, every minute that a current or new employee sits in training, the work that you’ve hired them to do piles up.  The best way to minimize the pain is to eliminate unneeded training and one way to accomplish this is through eAssessments. Here are four ways eAssessment… Learn More


National Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program Certifies First Apprentices in IN

National Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program Certifies First Apprentices in Indiana Amatrol became the first company in Indiana to graduate workers from Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprenticeships. In fact, three Amatrol employees – Beverly Garvin, Alyssa Wheatley, and Jessica Schafer – completed the apprenticeship program in March 2018. Three additional Amatrol employees are currently enrolled in the program… Learn More


We Can Solve the Technical Skills Gap! by Paul Perkins

This article originally appeared in a newsletter for the National Governor’s Association. It is being reprinted here with their permission. Where Will Technically-Skilled Workers Be Found to Ensure A Bright Economic Future? Sometimes too much of a good thing can bring about its own demise, and it seems we face the specter of that outcome… Learn More


Amatrol Hosting Two Week Summer Robotics Engineering Camp

For the 14th year, Amatrol is hosting a two week summer robotics camp for students entering grades 9 or 10 for Fall 2018 at their Jeffersonville, Ind. headquarters.  Interested students can attend half day session, either in the morning or the afternoon, and get hands on experience with robotics and engineering design. Students will also… Learn More


3 More Ways to Increase Student Enrollment in a CTE Program

Posted by Kenny Colston | May 9, 2018 |Amatrol, Inc. After getting feedback from our first list of tips to increase enrollment in your CTE class, we’ve decided to give three more tips to help instructors. Career and technical education thrives on innovation and that includes how to attract students to your program. Thanks to… Learn More


3 Ways to Determine a Community’s Technical Training Needs

Posted by Kenny Colston | March 27, 2018 |Amatrol, Inc. One of, if not the main purpose, of career and technical education is to help students find rewarding careers while helping fill unmet job needs in a community. As a CTE instructor, you’re the main drivers of bridging this gap. But how do you find… Learn More


Five Tips for Successful Technical Training Grant Proposals

In this article, an experienced grant writer shares five quick tips for improving your chance of funding a technical training program through grant funding. These grant writing tips are a great start to any grant proposal. Say you’re an ambitious educator, school administrator, or training director and industry leaders in your community are telling you,… Learn More


Case Study: Solving The Process Technologies Skills-Gap In Texas’s Upper Panhandle

PDF Version of Solving The Process Technologies Skills-Gap In Texas’s Upper Panhandle Companies in Texas’s upper panhandle are in dire need to fill a skills-gap and train employees in various disciplines, especially process technologies and instrumentation due to the strong presence of refineries. A local institution, Frank Phillips College of Borger, Texas, applied for and received… Learn More


Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 Certified

Amatrol’s Quality Management System (QMS) is ISO 9001:2015 certified. ISO 9001:20015 is an internationally-recognized standard that sets specific requirements for a QMS in order to enable an organization to meet regulatory requirements, ensure high quality products and services, and facilitate customer satisfaction. ISO 9001:2015 compliance confirms that Amatrol is continually organizing and improving QMS processes,… Learn More


Amatrol Mechatronics Training Video

Amatrol’s Mechatronics Training Amatrol’s Mechatronics Learning System recreates an industrial environment to teach learners real-world tasks to develop job-ready skills. Fully supported by Amatrol’s self-paced, interactive multimedia curriculum, this mechatronics training system incorporates mechanical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical systems all under PLC control to assemble an industrial pneumatic valve. No other mechatronics system boasts… Learn More


Five Ways to Increase Student Enrollment in CTE Classes

Posted by Kenny Colston | March 27, 2018 |Amatrol, Inc. It’s amazing that you can create a class that teaches the skills desperately needed by Industry and then, to your dismay, you struggle to enroll students.  Here are five ways that may help you fill those seats. 1 – Put the cool stuff in the… Learn More

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