The National Center for Supply Chain Automation


April 28-29, 2021

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NCSCA Symposium Agenda

Wednesday, April 28

12:00 noon EDT, SCA Welcome/Partner and Sponsor Recognition

Session 1: 12:15-12:50

How Valued Workers Can Use Autonomous Mobile Robots to Improve Efficiency & Boost Productivity

Jason Walker, Co-Founder & CEO, Waypoint Robotics, Inc.
Patty Katsaros, Director of Marketing & Growth, Waypoint Robotics, Inc.

Session 2: 1:00-1:50

The Evolution of Training for Supply Chain Automation Technicians

Dr. Bob Sompolski, SCA Co-PI & Dean of STEM & Health Careers, Oakton Community College
Chris Dennis, Lead Supply Chain Management Instructor, Columbus State Community College
Jeremy Banta, Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator Supply Chain Management, Columbus State Community College
Dr. Ned Young, SCA Co-PI & Profession of Management & MIS, Sinclair Community College

Session 3: 2:00-2:50

Future of the Cybersecurity Workforce, Recent Trends, Workforce Demands & National Initiatives

Dr. John Sands, PI, Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) & Department Chair, Computer Integrated Technologies, Moraine Valley Community College

Thursday, April 29

12:00 noon EDT, SCA Welcome/Opening Remarks

Session 4: 12:05-1:10

Certification and Apprenticeship: Target Corporation Leading the Way in Technician Workforce Development

Phil Jones, Industry Leadership Team Co-Chair, NCSCA; Director, Supply Chain Engineering & Facilities Management, Target Inc.
Joshua Gonzalez, Training Center Senior Operations Manager, Target Inc.
Charles Henkels, Interim Director, Regional Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning, Riverside Community College District
Paul Perkins, President, Amatrol Inc.

1:20 A word from our sponsor:

Neil Reddy, Co-founder and CEO, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)

Session 5: 1:25-2:10

Developing a Supply Chain Automation Program: From Concept to Creation

Dr. James McDonald, Professor & Dean of Career & Technical Programs, Valencia College
Kevin Curley, Professor and Program Chair for the Engineering Technology AS Degree Program at Valencia College Osceola Campus

Session 6: 2:20-2:50

The Future of Work, Trends, and Careers in Technical Education

Dr. Kevin Fleming, VP of Strategic Planning & Development at Norco College and author of (Re)Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness in the 21st Century.