Industry Certifications: Closing Manufacturing Skills Gap

Industry Certifications: Closing Manufacturing Skills Gap

DRAFT: 5.13.15


"Industry Certifications: Closing Manufacturing Skills Gap

In Great Lakes Region"

Hosted by Ivy Tech Community College

In Collaboration with SME and the

Great Lakes Manufacturing Council

Featuring Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) and

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)


5:30 - 8:00 Networking Reception-buffet with Invitees to June 17 Executive Briefing.

J.W. Marriott, 10 S West St., Indianapolis 46204, Tel. 317-822-8554.


NOTE: All June 17 events will take place at Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Arts Center (C4 Bldg), 2820 North Meridian St., Indianapolis 46208

7:30 - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast.Networking Opportunity.

8:30 - 8:40 am Welcome and Meeting Goals. Executive Briefing Moderator:

Thomas J. Snyder, President, Ivy Tech Community College

8:40 - 8:55 am Workforce Skills Challenge in the Great Lakes Region

Jeannine Kunz,Managing Director, Workforce and Education


8:55 - 9:20 am Industry Certification Announcements

Brent Weil, SVP, NAM Manufacturing Institute

James Wall, Executive Director, NIMS

Leo Reddy, Chair and CEO, MSSC

Paul Perkins, President, Amatrol, Inc.

Mary Batch, Assistant Manager, Human Resource Development,

Toyota Motor Manufacturing TX

9:20 - 9:40 am Civilian Credentialing Program for Active Duty Military

Lieutenant Colonel James Dyke, U.S. Army, Director, Logistics Training


9:40 - 11:10 am Breakout Sessions

Session One: State-wide Deployment Model: IL

Moderator: Mark Hanback, Director, Caterpillar Production System

Presenters: John Rico, Founder, President and CEO, Rico Computers Enterprises, Inc. and Co-Chair, IL State Workforce Investment Board

Sylvia Wetzel, VP, Human Capital and Corporate Wellness, Bison Gear and Engineering

Jim Nelson, VP, IL Manufacturers Association

Karen Hunter Anderson, Executive Director, IL Community College


Dr. Maria H. Coons, VP of Workforce and Strategic Alliances,

Harper College

Session Two: State-wide Deployment Model: WI

Moderator: Andrew Ginger, President, Snap-On

Presenters: Reggie Newson, Secretary, WI Department of Workforce


Don Gogan, VP, Harley Davidson

Stephanie Borowski, President, GPS Partners

Morna Foy, President, WI State Tech College System

Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President, Gateway Technical College

11:15 - 12:45 pm Breakout Sessions:

Session Three: State-wide Deployment Model: IN

Moderator: Brian Burton, President, Indiana Manufacturers Association


Steve Braun, Commissioner, IN Department of Workforce Development

Dennis Wimer, Deputy Commissioner and Director, IN Workforce

Investment Board

Steve Mackey, SIPS - Learning and Development Leader, Cummins, Inc. Vearl D. Turnpaugh, Associate VP, Applied Engineering & Technology,

Ivy Tech Community College

Session Four: Model Programs in Other Great Lakes States.

Moderator: Michael Packer, VP, Lockheed Martin


MI - Dr. James Jacobs, President Macomb Community College

MN -Barb Embacher, Dean Workforce Education & Training,

South Central Community College

NY - Bruce Hamm, VP, Manufacturers Council of New York

OH - Sherry Kelly Marshall, President, Southwestern OH

Regional Workforce Investment Board

PA - Stephanie Larkin, Executive Director, PA State WIB

12:45 - 1:10 pm Luncheon Served

1:10-1:55 pm Luncheon Keynoter:Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana (Invited)

1:55 - 2:15 pm Networking Opportunity

2:15-3:15 pm SPECIAL SESSION: "An Exploration: Harmonizing High-quality U.S. and Canadian Skill Standards and Certifications"

Introduction. Honorable Douglas George, Consul General, Canada

Moderator: Ed Wolking, Executive Director, Great Lakes Manufacturing Council


Brent Weil, SVP, The Manufacturing Institute, National Association of Manufacturers

Dr. Johanna Faulk, Certifications Director, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

Lane Hallenbeck, CASCO Chair, International Organization for Standardization (ISO and Vice President for Accreditation, American National Standards Institute

Rainer Kunau, Trade Representative, Canadian Consulate General, Detroit

Tiffany Melvin, President, North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO)

3:15 - 3:30 pm Concluding Reflections: Bryan Maach, VP Education and Career Operations, ACT

3:30 pm Bus returns to J.W. Marriott