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June 2016

SkillsUSA Gets Underway in Louisville, KY

The SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, runs June 20-24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. More than 15,000 students, teachers and education leaders as well as supporting companies and trade association attend the conference, making an estimated $14M impact on the greater Louisville economy. Look for Lincoln Electric, which supports three welding competitions at SkillsUSA and is the exclusive welding global industry partner of WorldSkills, where U.S. welding competition winners compete against the best in the world. Educators will also have a chance to learn more about Lincoln Electric products and services for education, including curriculum, welding equipment and electrodes, an online purchasing portal, virtual reality welding simulators, robotic welding cells and CNC plasma cutting tables. MORE

U/LINC Welding Curriculum – A Turnkey Classroom Experience

You just hired a new instructor for your welding school with years of skilled trade experience. You know they’ll be a good mentor for your students. But what does he or she know about technical instruction? Has he ever developed curriculum for a year-long program educational program? What will he teach on Day 1? Consider U/LINC™ Curriculum from Lincoln Electric – We have over 1000 lesson plans, student activities, assessments, videos and presentations covering everything from welding safety to welding engineering and everything in between. Let your instructor teach his trade – We’ll do the rest.  MORE

Skills Gap – A Mixed Bag

This IndustryWeek article cites a recent study on the effects of technology on America’s industrial labor force. There are several conclusions, including

  • Skill shortages in manufacturing are not uniform
  • Robots are not stealing jobs
  • Advanced technology is changing shop floor job requirements and descriptions
  • Registered apprenticeships are on the rise  MORE

Lincoln Electric Educational Trainer Offers Extended

School’s out, but there’s still time to take advantage of our BUY ONE, GET MANY opportunity on select Educational Trainers systems. Now through July 22, 2016, schools and industry purchasing a REALWELD trainer can get a Power Wave® C300 advanced welding power source, Miniflex® fume system and the 18 in. weld fixtures upgrade at no additional cost ($15,000 value). If you order a premium VRTEX® 360 trainer system now, we’ll include all FIVE of our Extensions™ Upgrade packages that deliver a bundle of enhanced functionality and virtual environments ($20,000 value).  Equip your school NOW at substantial savings. MORE 

Soft Skills Make the Difference in Landing a Job

STEM is where it’s at for technical education these days. But, smart technical colleges are also schooling students on the importance of soft skills, including showing up for work on time, basic computer skills and working on a team. Here is a quick read on conditions in Indiana where the skills gap is estimated at 45 percent. MORE 

California Adds $200M for Workforce Training

The state of California, with an economy that ranks 6th in the world by GDP, just added $200M to the state budget for workforce training. According to Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor for workforce and economic development at the California Community Colleges, “In our travels around California, we heard loud and clear about the need for more skilled workers.” The Strong Workforce Program requires colleges to collaborate with each other, industry and communities. Sixty percent of the funds will go directly to community colleges. MORE


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