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MACWIC Technical Education Conference to Highlight Pains & Gains of Technical Workforce Training & Education in Massachusetts

Conference: March 11, 2013, Worcester Technical High School

James McGovernFebruary 25, 2013 – Worcester, Massachusetts -- The Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC), an alliance of next generation manufacturers that work to identify and solve workforce-related business needs, has released the agenda for the 2013 MACWIC Technical Education Conference. Conference sessions and workshops will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013, at Worcester Technical High School. The keynote will be delivered by Jeremy Bout, Producer and Host of Edge Factor, a series that highlights the importance and excitement of modern manufacturing. The conference facilitator is Thomas Wesley, Director of Strategic Planning at Waters Corporation. MACWIC members representing the various committees with deliver a briefing on the various accomplishments and highlights of the organization. Contributing to the events will be Congressman James McGovern, and Lt. Governor Timothy Murray.

Other speakers include Bob Skodzinsky, Program Director of the Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC); Clem Fucci, Manufacturing Technology Department Chairperson at Westfield Vocational Tech High School; and Torbjorn Bergstrom, Associate Director of the WPI Surface Metrology Lab.

The MACWIC Technical Education Conference will include sessions on MACWIC programs as well as such topics as "Who will teach the next generation of voc-tech manufacturing students," "Straight to CNC: Manual vs. CNC," "Lean in the Fast Lane," and "Massachusetts' Commitment to Manufacturing." The conference will be followed by a tour of WPI's Haas Technical Education Center and a networking reception at WPI's Higgins House.
The MACWIC Technical Education Conference brings employers, industry technical resources, resources to manufacturing, education and public leaders together to address key manufacturing workforce issues and to promote the development of vocational-technical education within the state of Massachusetts. In addition, partnerships are fostered with business and industry in the training and retraining of the Massachusetts workforce.

This year's conference will take place at Worcester Technical High School, Monday, March 11, 2013. To register for the full conference, there is a nominal registration fee, contact Lisa Derby Oden at or online at The keynote presentation is free to all registrants. Following the keynote, Jeremy Bout will be available for questions.

During the conference, there will be a partner and vendor fair that includes MassMEPEsprit - DP Technology, Kubotek, and CNC Software. These organizations will be available for questions during the conference.

The MACWIC Technical Education Conference is sponsored by Trident Machines, Inc., Haas Factory Outlet and SME Student Chapter 25.

The Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC) is a dynamic alliance of next-generation companies that work together to identify and solve workforce-related business needs. MACWIC members:

  • Solve common business and workforce problems,
  • Share best practices,
  • Catalyze the workforce talent pipeline,
  • Make a positive and lasting impact on the future of business and of Advanced Manufacturing in Massachusetts, and
  • Network with other business and industry leaders as they grow an innovative member partnership from the ground up.

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