Building America’s Skilled Workforce – Chelle Travis, Executive Director of SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis talks about how the organization is preparing students for highly-skilled technology & STEM careers through programs, competitions and industry partnerships.

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Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing: Next-Gen Research Led by Ohio State – Glenn Daehn, Director of the HAMMER Engineering Research Center

Glenn Daehn, Director of the HAMMER Engineering Research Center at Ohio State, joins us to talk about hybrid autonomous manufacturing and how a $26 million NSF grant is helping to make it a reality.

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Applying the Private Equity Model to K-12 Schools (With Great Results) – Dr. Gil Pereg, CEO of Darca Schools

Darca Schools CEO Gil Pereg shares how the private equity model has enabled his organization to affect positive change in Israel’s schools.

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What’s New in Automation: AI, Digital Twins, Cobots and More! – Mike Cicco, President & CEO of FANUC America

FANUC is the global leader in industrial robotics and CNC controls. FANUC America President & CEO Mike Cicco shares the latest trends in the industry, including technology innovation, R&D sneak peaks, and how we’re training next-gen automation experts.

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What the CHIPS and Science Act Means for Technology and Education – U.S. Senator Todd Young

Senator Todd Young, U.S. Senator for Indiana, joins us to talk about the CHIPS and Science Act and how it will impact semiconductor manufacturing and research around emerging technologies in the United States

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Work With Your Hands & Build the Life You Want – Ken Rusk

Ken Rusk, author of Blue Collar Cash, gives us some great insights into the opportunities in blue collar careers. The skilled trades lead to a life of entrepreneurship, comfort, peace and freedom.

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The Journey to 1,000 Hours in Space – NASA Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas

NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas shares about his journey to becoming an astronaut, his four missions to space, and what the future of space exploration could look like.

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How Valuable are Industry-Recognized Credentials? – University of Texas at Austin Professor Matt Giani

What’s the impact on a student’s career trajectory when they earn industry-recognized credentials? Matt Giani’s new study reveals all the data on IRCs in high school.

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Autonomous Mobile Robots in the Workforce – Clearpath Robotics CEO Matt Rendall

Matt Rendall, CEO of Clearpath Robotics, shares how their brand of industrial AMRs – OTTO Motors – is transforming material handling, bringing new levels of efficiency to the workforce, and enabling shop floor workers to have more meaningful, complex work experiences.

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Best Buy: Building Brighter Futures Through Technology – Best Buy Social Impact Director Tequilla Lopez

Tequilla Lopez, Director of Social Impact at Best Buy, talks about the digital divide and how the company is providing tech access and skills-building experiences to students across the country to inspire them toward STEM fields.

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