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Addressing the country’s skills gap needs and providing industry with trained, credentialed workers is a pressing need in today’s economy. To that end, Gateway Technical College is hosting two national events this week.

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Gateway Technical College is hosting two national events this week.

The National Coalition of Certification Centers, NC3, addresses these issues in key areas, and will highlight them at national events this week at Gateway. Both events will set records this year in terms of attendance. A total of 340 will attend, Gateway officials state, the most in the decade the events have been held.

NC3 is a network of education providers and corporations that supports, advances and validates new and emerging technology skills in the transportation, aviation and energy industry sectors.

There are two different events. One is the NC3 leadership conference, the second is the NC3 Train-the-Trainer event.

Leadership conference

The annual National Coalition of Certification Centers NC3 leadership summit, will attract more than 170 education leaders and industry experts from across the nation to share the need for industry-driven credentials and the best practices of colleges which have integrated these certifications into their curriculum. That event runs Wednesday and Thursday at Gateway’s SC Johnson integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Center in Sturtevant.

Train-the-trainer event

Gateway will also host 170 educators from across the nation to take part in the annual NC3 Train-the-Trainer event. These sessions feature Gateway and industry instructors who provide advanced training to college instructors and high school teachers so they, in turn, can provide that training to their own students. Skills are those most needed by employers in today’s industry, which include building automation systems, VDV and fiber optics, automotive diagnostics, robotics and fluid power, to name a few. That event started Monday and runs through Friday. Events will be held at several Gateway sites.

Rex Davenport

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