Developing a World-Class Workforce: Transformation, Not Iteration
Community College Journal Volume 76, Number 3, ISSN 1067-1803
This article features a "Triad" partnership of a group of Snohomish County organizations representing education, government and industry. Recognizing the need for a training and workforce development effort to address the aerospace manufacturing employers' needs, Triad views themselves as the pivotal cornerstone for deployment of complex learning solutions to today's technical workforce. These Triad constituents are combining efforts to increase the availability of trained workers skilled in the latest technologies of advanced materials and computer aided design who can successfully apply those tools within high-performance, culturally diverse work team environments. The Triad partnership works to attract new and incumbent workers to the manufacturing field through targeted strategies offering an array of training options. These disciplines include advanced materials (e.g. composites), advanced manufacturing processes (e.g. lean manufacturing), the latest computer-aided design modeling techniques and enterprise teaming at a global level. The training content for these disciplines, and related delivery mechanisms, will provide a "best practice" for the advanced manufacturing industry. (Contains 4 figures.)
Mosier, J.K., Richey, M.C., McPherson, K.B., Eckhol, J.O. & Cox, F.Z. (2006). Developing a World-Class Workforce: Transformation, Not Iteration. Community College Journal, 76(3), 14-22.