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HI-TEC 2013 Conference – Building Capacity in Technician Education

July 22-24 in Austin, TX at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC), CA2VES had the opportunity as Associate Producers of the conference to network with leaders in advanced technological education as exhibitors in the 2013 Technology Showcase. The CA2VES exhibit featured interactive displays of virtual reality simulations and videos from the Advanced Manufacturing Production Associates curriculum aligned with industry recognized certification.

HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America’s Technical Workforce, the event focused on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy. Gordon Snyder of The ICT Center in Springfield, MA stated that “…in its 5th year, HI-TEC is becoming the ‘go to’ place for educators, technicians, and industry.” HI-TEC explores the convergence of scientific disciplines and technologies in many different areas including Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.

Additionally, CA2VES lead a session showcasing a technical education model utilizing open learning resources to support blended learning. This model was developed by CA2VES and represents a partnership among the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development, technical colleges, school districts, government entities, and local industry. The over 50 participants in this session experienced digital learning tools, learned about freely available open learning resources and engaged in reflective activities encouraging them to consider how technology and open learning resources might support associated initiatives in their own schools.


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