Last year's gathering was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 19-20, 2015 in South Charleston, West Virginia at the new Advanced Technology Center, a $35M school on the campus of BridgeValley Community & Technical College which has been specially designed to host the innovative AMT Program. At the 2015 conference, attended visited the new AMT Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), anchored by the AMTEC Advanced Manufacturing Simulator. They saw what is perhaps the U.S. best implementation of the Second Manufacturing Core Exercixe, Visual Workplace Organization (5S), by the BridgeValley AMT students. This VWO/5S implementation extends beyond the AMC to supporting classrooms, providing a powerful learning element in the AMT Program.
The AMT Conference is intended primarily for providers of the program – the employers of FAME* and their associated College Partners who provide the academic portion of the AMT Program, and for selected AMT students who attend and advance their development. Because AMT is a nationally standardized program driven through manufacturers to create the best technician degree in the world, those in the network keep up with the latest developments and best practices through the conference. A go-and-see experience at AMT sites enables the educators who provide the academic program and the manufacturers to see and understand what the other programs are doing so that their own program can both match the standards and also help to drive their own examples of best practice. Please see this document for a fuller explanation of the important role of the Conference in AMT Program development: Purpose of the AMT Conference.
The conference featured:
- Guided tours of the BridgeValley AMC, and of the new Center.
- Close interaction with BridgeValley AMT students and AMT faculty to better understand how this program prepares and executes the program, and the outcomes that it achieves.
- For our College Partners, a first ever College Roundtable to bring the educational providers face-to-face to discuss the AMT Program with their peers.
- Welcoming comments by Jim Skidmore, then the Chancellor of the West Virginia Community & Technical College System, who led the effort to bring AMT to his state and who has been one of the most dynamic, innovative, and effective education leaders for both his state and for this program.
- A manufacturers/employers focus for those sponsoring AMT students, with remarks by Tom Hudson, CEO of Nth Works, and a powerful and leading voice in the call-to-action for American manufacturers to step forward with greater activism to secure their future pipeline of talent in a challenged U.S. environment.
- Breakout sessions targeted to assist manufacturers, colleges, and other key providers with core information to help them to effectively execute the program.
- A session by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to highlight how that state has uniquely positioned AMT to both impact the entire state with a better technical development program and to position it to compete for national and global new business development.
- Each active AMT Program is expected to send:
- Representatives from the local FAME and/or manufacturers group. Seeing how other programs operate will help employers to drive their own local program.
- Key AMT Program representatives from the College Partner providing the academic portion of the AMT Program, including AMT faculty and school leadership responsible for effectively implementing the program.
- AMT students (3-4, more by request) from each program to both facilitate their own development and to also take their learning back to their fellow AMT students and local plant management.
- Additional value-added attendees include:
- Attendees from key organizations which either provide important services to the AMT Program, or which benefit from the outcomes of the AMT Program.
- Attendees from government and education organizations, such as economic development and departments of education with a key interest in AMT and it’s outcomes.
- Attendees from research organizations and/or activities wishing to connect with an innovative, results-producing program which may help to strengthen American education.
- Manufacturers or manufacturing organizations which may be interested in adopting the AMT model.
* The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, the collaborative of employers which directly support the AMT Program.