The organizations listed below offer web-based educational resources within the Manufacturing Career Cluster. This list is provided as a resource for community college faculty. It is not exhaustive and inclusion does not constitute endorsement by CORD, the League for Innovation, the States Career Cluster Initiative or the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education.
National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME)
NCME, an NSF National Resource Center, is a leader in manufacturing engineering technology education and offers a variety of products and services to both academic and industry professionals including: curriculum modules in nine subject areas covering technical skills, soft skills, math, and science; a self-guided curriculum development kit with a step-by-step instruction manual and template for creating competency-based activities; grant proposal development; grant management and evaluation; and professional development workshops in activity-based learning and authentic assessment. Most recently, the NCME has established the Manufacturing Education Resource Center (MERC) to serve as an electronic clearinghouse for high quality materials and best practices in manufacturing education.
http://www.ncmeresource.org/ and http://www.merconline.net/
Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT)
The mission of CAPT is to support the ongoing development of a highly skilled, educated and diverse process technician workforce. CAPT fosters the development and enhancement of quality two-year degree programs based on industry-established standards. The Center develops curricula and instructional materials; provides professional development opportunities for community college and high school faculty; establishes and fosters partnerships linking industry, education, and government to advance process technology education. Wide variety of process technician resources for students, educators, and industry professionals.
The National Center for Pulp and Paper Technology
This National Science Foundation-funded Center provides broad outreach to community colleges, mills, students and employees; curriculum development and enhancement; faculty development; student recruitment, retention and placement through a pulp and paper education/training clearinghouse; and dissemination of best practices in pulp and paper education and training.
Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing
CARCAM’s goals are to recruit, retain, and prepare students for careers in automotive manufacturing, provide professional development for instructors at secondary and postsecondary levels that enhance their skills and knowledge, support instructional programs that serve students and incumbent workers in automotive manufacturing technology, and promote a seamless transition for secondary education students to enter postsecondary programs offering automotive manufacturing technology programs.
Center for Nanofabrication Manufacturing Education (CNME)
This Advanced Technological Education Center is dedicated to research, development, and education across all aspects of micro- and nanotechnology. The Center’s resources are focused on addressing the incorporation of nanotechnology into K-12 and postsecondary education, as well as into industry applications.
California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological
Education (CREATE) Regional Center for Information and Manufacturing
The purpose of the project is to develop a regional approach to workforce preparation and training, and to meet emerging needs for innovative, flexible strategies to educate the workforce in new, technological advances in a wide range of high demand engineering technology fields. A few of these fields are: Mechatronics, Manufacturing, Computer Servicing, Computer Networking, Electronic Technologies, and Robotics. Online courses and tutorials are offered on engineering technology subjects.
Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC)
With its partners in education and industry, MATEC develops programs, materials, and training that enables students, faculty, and technicians to continuously master the evolving competencies in science, mathematics, technology, and communications required by the workforce of the semiconductor, electronics, and advanced manufacturing industries. The Center offers curriculum, skill standards, and related educational resources.
National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEd)
MatEd offers a clearinghouse of teaching materials for the broad field of materials technology as it applies to manufacturing and engineering technology, and provides the mentoring support needed for instructors to adequately treat the subject of materials technology in their courses. The focus is on enhanced education for manufacturing and engineering technicians who handle materials in the wide range of structural and electronics manufacturing.
Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing
The Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing addresses the need for highly skilled workers in the new manufacturing workplace by building programs that provide resources to educators and students interested in learning new technologies in manufacturing. The Center is directed by the Connecticut College of Technology (COT), a virtual organization representing technology curriculum geared toward engineering and technician training offered at Connecticut's 12 community colleges.
Southwest Center for Microsystems Education
The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) provides the microsystems industry with workforce development models, materials, and opportunities for communities creating microsystems technology clusters. The SCME also assists the industry in establishing national skill standards for technicians.
The National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM)
NACFAM is an industry-led, policy research organization, working collaboratively since 1989 with key leaders from industry, education, and government, to shape public policies and programs to make U.S. manufacturing globally competitive. It convenes its members and other key stakeholders to identify, research, formulate, and communicate proposals in a non-partisan, non-lobbying environment. Participants include small, medium and large manufacturing firms, associations, universities and community colleges, members of Congress and their staffs, federal agencies, and other organizations.
The Semiconductor Applet Service
The Educational Java Applet Service (JAS) from the University of Buffalo provides a collection of educational applet programs and associated educational materials in the area of solid state materials and devices.
National Coalition for Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC)
NCATC is an organization of community and technical colleges focused on advanced technology applications, industry training, and economic/workforce development, with strong ties to the manufacturing industry.
Manufacturing Career Cluster
The States Career Cluster Initiative offers standards-based instructional resources for all 16 Career Clusters. Plans of study, knowledge and skills charts, crosswalks, and models are available for the Manufacturing cluster.
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is an industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s production workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based on federally-endorsed national standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have mastered the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century.