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21 November 2013

Lincoln Electric to Address Skills Gap and Ways to Engage the Workforce of Tomorrow at ACTE CareerTech 2013 in Las Vegas

Two educational sessions will look at virtual reality welding and other welding training and education solutions to bring more qualified workers into skilled trades

Deanna Postlethwaite, Business Unit Manager of Virtual Welding Training for Lincoln Electric

Sarah Evans, Virtual Solutions Product Manager for Lincoln Electric

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Cleveland – The manufacturing industry faces a skilled labor shortage. A notable solution to eliminating this shortage lies in developing new ways to engage, excite and attract new workers to the sector. Lincoln Electric is helping to make this happen with new technology and solutions that appeal to today’s youth – otherwise known as tomorrow’s workforce – and support the efforts of Career Technical Education programs worldwide. During ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2013 conference, Dec. 4-7, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, join Deanna Postlethwaite and Sarah Evans of Lincoln Electric in two separate presentations that examine new trends and initiatives aimed at growing the skilled labor base.

In her presentation on Dec. 5, “Educate, Engage & Excite – The Benefits of Using Virtual Reality Welding Simulators,” Postlethwaite, Lincoln Electric’s Virtual Reality Welding Training Business Unit Manager, will explore various ways to supplement traditional welding training with virtual reality arc welding training systems. She will focus on how simulation can enhance and supplement welding education programs and also discuss findings of several independent studies that support the claim that a blended training program of virtual education and hands-on welding training can increase learning speed, comprehension and test results for typical students. The session will run from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in room N227.
On Dec. 6, Lincoln Electric’s Virtual Solutions Product Manager Sarah Evans will present, “Attracting and Engaging Students to Address the Labor Shortage in Skilled Trades,” from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in meeting room N224. She will discuss new ways to recruit students into skilled trade education programs, including the use of virtual reality welding training systems as part of a blended learning approach that bolsters student interest and engagement in the learning process and in long-term career options in the skilled trades. Evans will also cover the opportunity to use virtual welding training in mobile outreach and training programs.
For more information on Lincoln Electric’s educational programs, products and curriculum, visit

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 45 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the Company's website.
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