The summit kicked off on Oct. 23 with an evening reception at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Cleveland, followed by a working dinner at the hotel. The next day, participants were shuttled to nearby Lincoln Electric’s headquarters, where they attended breakout sessions examining training and learning programs at community colleges across the country. They also discussed ways that campuses can improve operations and resources in efforts to increase thought leadership and address the skills gap.
“Community colleges provide immense value to the manufacturing and industrial sectors through high-quality workforce training programs,” notes Jason Scales, Ph.D., Lincoln Electric’s welding education specialist. “Our partnership with AACC Workforce and Economic Development and its initiatives are a key part of our mission to help encourage the ongoing growth of the welding industry and its future workforce. We enjoyed having the opportunity to share ideas and best practices, and strategize for the future with this group of noted educators.”
The summit’s itinerary also included a tour of Lincoln Electric’s global headquarters and its adjacent Automation Division facility, giving participants a look at where and how Lincoln Electric’s welding equipment and products are developed and manufactured.
“Lincoln Electric’s commitment to providing the most innovative, cost-effective, quality welding and cutting solutions is one that has guided the company for more than 100 years. Connecting community colleges to industry partners like Lincoln Electric ensures that the technical training programs stay relevant to industry pipelines and work paychecks,” says Jen Worth, director, AACC Workforce and Economic Development. “This event allowed community college representatives to get a first-hand look at Lincoln Electric, what the company does in support of technical education training programs and how the colleges should position their staff, classrooms and talking points for the horizon.”
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 48 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 at http://www.lincolnelectric.com.