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A new semester is upon us with lots of opportunities for both Administrators and students.
 
In this issue, Toni Neary, one of our educational specialists, provides tips for educators to help create and sustain winning programs. We also want to alert you to the Department of Labor’s call for grant applications for apprenticeship programs. To show you how powerful these programs are, we look forward to introducing you to Lake Michigan College which has a thriving apprenticeship program.
 
We round out the issue with news about Skills USA, as well as by offering Tips & Tricks that can help ensure your Tooling U-SME experience is the best it can be. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need any help as you introduce (or reintroduce) your students to the joys of online training.
—Your Tooling U-SME Team
 
 
5 lessons for preparing students for manufacturing careers.
 
 
 
5 Tips for Educators
 
 
 
After nearly a decade working with 400 schools — from high schools to community colleges — to help train and develop the next generation of manufacturers, Tooling U-SME’s Toni Neary has met many inspiring instructors and administrators who are making a difference when it comes to workforce development. Here she shares five lessons learned from working with educators that may help your academic institution create and sustain winning programs: 5 lessons for preparing students for manufacturing careers.
 
Apprenticeship Programs Take Off
 
 
 
Apprenticeship Programs Take Off
 
 
 
In December 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the availability of $100 million in grants to expand registered apprenticeship programs in high-skilled, high-growth industries like advanced manufacturing. Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2015. For inspiration, learn how Lake Michigan College has grown its apprenticeship program with a hands-on approach that ensures success for both companies and apprentices. For more information on the DOL grants or how Tooling U-SME can fit into your apprenticeship program, contact your Tooling U-SME representative. Read more about Lake Michigan College’s program here.
 
 
 
New! Additive Manufacturing Classes
 
 
 
Many companies are starting to recognize the benefits additive manufacturing (AM) offers in terms of speed, simplicity, reliability, and cost. To ensure students are familiar with this newer technology, Tooling U-SME has introduced four new classes that explain the
fundamental concepts of additive manufacturing, including the main principles behind AM and the safety precautions to take during the process. These courses also introduce the basic steps in additive manufacturing and discuss the variety of methods and materials that are used to create AM products. For more details, please see our updated catalog.
 
 
 
Let Us Cheer On Your Team
 
 
 
Good luck to your students who are advancing to Nationals in the SkillsUSA competition! We know how much hard work it takes to reach this level and, to show our support, we want to share some fun goodies with your team. If you have a student competing in Nationals, email Nicole Sparks at nicole.sparks@toolingu.com. We look forward to seeing you at the 51st Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville in June.
 
 
 
TIPS AND TRICKS
 
 
 
Each issue we offer tips and tricks to ensure you are getting the most from your Tooling U-SME subscription. Here are our latest tips for students and administrators.
 
Student Tip
 
To familiarize yourself with the Student Center, click on the Page Tutorial link in the top right-hand corner. This video will walk you through the basics of taking a Tooling U class, including class view filters, class navigation, multimedia settings, and note taking.
 
 
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You can now print multiple subscriptions at a time. We updated the Subscriptions tab so you can select up to 20 subscriptions to be printed (generated as a PDF document).
 
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
 
Stop by and say hi to the Tooling U-SME Government & Education
Group at the following upcoming events:
 
 
ASEE | AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR ENGINEERING EDUCATION
 
 
JUNE 14-17
 
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)’s 122nd Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, WA.
 
 
 
APRIL 15-17
 
American Technical Education Association (ATEA) 52nd National Conference on Technical Education, Indianapolis, IN.
 
H_TECh | HAAS TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTERS
 
 
MARCH 6
 
Fifth Annual Meeting: Educators’ Machining Conference, South Texas College, McAllen, Texas.
 
 
 
APRIL 23-24
 
North Carolina HTEC 2015 Spring Conference, Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC.
 
 
 
MAY 7-8
 
South Carolina HTEC Educators and Administrators Conference, Midlands Technical College, Columbia, SC.
 
 
 
JULY 27-30
 
HTEC 2015-CNC Educators Training Conference, California Polytechnic State University,
San Louis Obispo, Calif.
 
ITEEA
 
 
MARCH 26-28
 
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Milwaukee, 77th Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
 
SkillsUSA
 
 
JUNE 22-26
 
SkillsUSA National Skills and Leadership Conference,
Louisville, KY.
 
 
TEAM SUMMIT
 
 
 
JUNE 3-5
 
FMA T.E.A.M Summit,
Manchester Community College, Manchester, NH.
 
 
 
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