This year’s Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing is just a couple of weeks away. If you haven’t registered, now is the time.
There will be a plethora of informational workshops on a variety of topics. One great session covers the always-challenging area of workforce development and includes a renowned panel of national experts. It involves a thorough examination of Career Pathways and other programs designed to maintain and improve Oklahoma’s manufacturing labor pool. If you find workforce issues problematic, this session will help provide long-term solutions to age-old difficulties. The impressive panel includes:
- Emily DeRocco: President of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Manufacturing Institute and former Assistant Secretary of Labor under the Bush Administration
- LaRoux K. Gillespie: 2012 President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
- David Bond: President of the National Career Pathways Network
- Belinda McCharen: Tuttle Endowed Chair for Career and Workforce Studies at Oklahoma State University
- Will Johnson: National Council for Advanced Manufacturing board member and Director of Corporate Training at Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton
To see more information on this session and look at the complete agenda, click here: http://tinyurl.com/OkMfgAgenda
While you’re there, go ahead and register for the conference, which is set for October 5 at the Reed Center in Midwest City. It’s just $125 for the full day and includes lunch.
Of course, you’ll have the benefit of gleaning valuable best practices from our two keynote speakers, Adam Hartung and Emily DeRocco. More information on their presentations is here: http://tinyurl.com/OkMfgKeynotes2011
** P.S. … If you like cutting-edge manufacturing equipment, D3 Technologies will be on hand with their state-of-the-art 3-D printer. Watch while it makes three-dimensional color models quickly and easily. More info on the printer is here: http://www.zcorp.com/en/Products/3D-Printers/ZPrinter-350/spage.aspx