Improving Technical Education Across the US

With Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College

Dr. Annette Parker is a name known nationwide in higher education. She has a unique career pathway and has used her experience to lead several states through innovative academic transformations.

Today, Dr. Parker serves as President of South Central College in Minnesota and sits on numerous national academic boards, and in these roles she continues to lead technical education into a bright future.

Educators will be inspired by Dr. Parker's humility, wisdom and insights in this episode, where we cover:

  • How a community college drafting student became a national leader in higher education
  • The 2 things students should remember as they consider their career pathway
  • How Industry 4.0 has changed automotive manufacturing
  • What "accessible" education really means, and where higher ed needs to improve
  • Why Dr. Parker testified before Congress on the power of private-public partnerships
  • The potential impact of dual-credit for students and schools

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I find Matt's approach to be very compelling. He brings both perspectives, industry AND education. He doesn't hold back on what he thinks is important...

Inspiring topics featuring inspiring leaders

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Best Career and TechEd Podcast

There are a lot of education podcasts out there. This is the only one that really focuses on bringing together voices from inside AND outside education and focuses specifically on STEM and Career/Tech Ed. This is a great podcast for anyone in education and also for anyone who employs STEM or skilled-trades talent in their workforce.

The pulse of Industry 4.0

This podcast has its fingers on the pulse of Industry 4.0, and Matt K. is a phenomenal guide, traversing the complexities of manufacturing and education in one forum. A+ work all around!

New and Exciting Content With Every Episode

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