Knowledge Is Power – Wisdom Through Education

  • Date: October 11, 2017
  • Posted by:Larry Autry

Today, we welcome Larry Autry, Instructor at Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Ripley (TCAT-Ripley) one of the technical colleges that partners with Tooling U-SME to train the technology experts of the future.

As a technical college instructor from the small town of Ripley, Tennessee, my goal is to be able to train every student, taking them to the point where they can go out into the world and make a difference for themselves and their employers. Technology is rapidly changing, and my students need to have an edge to survive and compete. Read More.

SWAG Apprenticeship Model: A Collaborative Approach

  • Date: October 02, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz

At WESTEC recently, I heard a lot about workforce challenges, especially about the widening gap between people and technology. Yes, retiring baby boomers and lack of a pipeline are concerns, but changing technology is becoming the number one driver of the skills gap.

One growing solution is apprenticeship programs. But, as we discussed on the Apprenticeship: A Collaborative Approach panel that I moderated, they look very different than 50 years ago. Read More.