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The Future of the Workforce: Meet the Change-makers II

December 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

NextFlex Roundtable: Evergreen Valley College and STEM Learning & Industry Partnerships



About this Event

NextFlex staff and special guests provide encouragement to students during a virtual FlexFactor Final Pitch earlier this year.

As part of a larger commitment to support NextFlex workforce development partners, NextFlex is providing public platforms for thought leaders to share their visions for and successes in training the workforce of the future. For the second installment of our new online roundtable series, The Workforce of the Future: Meet the Changemakers, we will explore how academic-industry partnerships can bolster innovation in the workforce through applied learning and other practices to increase students’ preparation for employment in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Technology and innovation drive growth in the manufacturing sector and, in turn, require a highly skilled workforce that can adapt rapidly to technology changes. However, a manufacturing skills gap exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic could possibly lead to 2.1 million jobs unfilled by 2030[1]. To effectively close this gap and prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing, community colleges and industry increasingly see the need to work more closely to provide students with a range of hands-on experiences and practical learning essential to become competitive and competent candidates.

Recognizing the need to blend technical education and professional experience, NextFlex and Evergreen Valley College have partnered with local industry to launch a new Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) program. The AMT pathway is a two-year certificate program that focuses on both the theoretical and applied learning essential for a technician in the advanced manufacturing sector. Prior to graduation, students are exposed to concepts like troubleshooting unexpected problems, manufacturing best practices, industry standards and high-volume production – all difficult topics to cover in a classroom and crucial for success in today’s technology-driven manufacturing sector.

The program was launched in AY 2020-2021 with a small group of 24 students led by three industry-based adjuncts. The pilot demonstrated impressive results – of the inaugural class, 11 students participated in work-based learning experiences, and all were placed in full time industry positions.

[1] Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute study, May 4, 2021


10:00AM – 11:00AM PST

1. Welcome and Overview: [popup_anything id=”8131″] (2 min)

2. Introduction: [popup_anything id=”8448″] (3 min)

3. Remarks by The Honorable [popup_anything id=”8453″] (7 min)

4. Panel Q & A (4 min each), moderated by [popup_anything id=”8131″]

  1. Industry Perspective: Ms. Kelli Dutra, Manufacturing Director, CAES
  2. Perspectives on STEM Learning and Industry Partnerships: [popup_anything id=”8451″]
  3. Student Perspective: Mr. Michael Rizo
  4. Policy Perspective: [popup_anything id=”8453″]

5.Roundtable discussion of STEM, Industry Partnerships and the Future Workforce (15 min)

  1. Online participants Q&A, moderated by [popup_anything id=”8131″]

6. Conclusion: [popup_anything id=”8131″]

Targeted Audience

  • Higher education administrators
  • High School administrators and teachers
  • NextFlex manufacturing industry members


December 14, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am