Jack E. Pfunder, Manufacturers Resource Center, Manufacturing Council Chair
On Thursday, June 29, the Manufacturing Council held the 13th Summit at the Bethlehem ArtsQuest Center. The topic of interest was how manufacturers are taking a proactive approach with the various Career and Technical Schools and Community Colleges to build a skilled workforce for their specific needs. Several companies in the Lehigh Valley have partnered with the local schools and are finding a tremendous benefit with a more skilled and engaged workforce.
The event had two panels of experts discussing these issues. The Resource panel, moderated by Gina Kormanik of the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, discussed the different educational resources available to help solve the talent shortage. The panel members were: Christopher Gaylo, Director of Advanced Technology Center at Northampton Community College; Dean Terri Keefe, Director of Business Development at Lehigh Carbon Community College; Jim Kester, Technology and Engineering Teacher at Parkland School District; and Dr. Tim Rushton, Executive Director of Lehigh Career & Technical Institute.
The Industry panel, moderated by Scott Palochik of Enterprise Systems Partners, Inc. (espi), spoke on the specific programs they have developed in conjunction with the schools. They shared how they identified the skills gap and coordinated with the career and technical schools, as well as developing micro-credential programs and Pennsylvania’s first accredited electro-mechanical apprenticeship program. Our industry experts were: Brenda Diehl, Human Resources Manager at Bracalente Manufacturing Group; Richard “Mac” McMahon, Performance Excellence Supervisor at Ocean Spray Cranberries; Joseph Hammond, Director, Component Manufacturing Business Unit, Allentown Operations at B|Braun Medical Inc.; and Carlos Valdes, U.S. Director of Human Resources at Victaulic.
If you have any topic suggestions, questions or to be added to the e-mail list please contact Scott Palochik – SPalochik@ent-sys.com for more information.