NCSCA 2021 Virtual Symposium Program
Wednesday, April 28
Session 1: 12:15-12:50
How Valued Workers Can Use Autonomous Mobile Robots to Improve Efficiency & Boost Productivity
Supply chain companies of all sizes are struggling with increasing demand and hiring challenges. Autonomous mobile robots (AMR) can help workers improve productivity, but workers will resist if these new tools are difficult to operate and require outside experts to set up, operate, and maintain. With this presentation, we’ll provide an overview of AMR benefits and show how AMRs designed for workers can be used to automate time-consuming, repetitive tasks so workers can stay focused on more valuable jobs. We’ll demonstrate how including workers early in the automation process promotes pride of ownership, reduces resistance, and speeds deployment. We’ll provide guidance on choosing accessible equipment that will engage the workforce, offer career opportunities for workers of all skill levels, and enable quick productivity gains. Takeaways:
- AMR basics and how AMRs can be used to automate material movement so workers can focus on valuable jobs
- How to engage the workforce from the start to speed deployment and ensure project success
- Employment opportunities created by easy-to-use AMRs designed for workers
Co-Founder & CEO, Waypoint
Director of Marketing & Growth,
Waypoint Robotics, Inc.
Session 2: 1:00-1:50
The Evolution of Training for Supply Chain Automation Technicians
Industry 4.0 has introduced technologies that have impacted supply chain and logistics efforts associated with rapid movement of goods from the manufacturer to the customer. Training in advanced technologies such as networking, robotics, inventory systems, Internet of Things devices, radio frequency identification, and cybersecurity provides technicians with the skill sets they need in this industry. During this session Columbus State Community College faculty will discuss their NSF-supported grant that helped them develop their Logistics Engineering Technology (LET) program and subsequent grants that created a work-study program and expanded the program with partner institutions (COMPLETE grant). Oakton Community College and Sinclair Community College faculty will discuss how the collaboration led to the revision of the National Center’s two-year program for Supply Chain Automation.
Dr. Bob Sompolski
SCA Co-PI & Dean of STEM & Health Careers,
Oakton Community College
Lead Supply Chain Management Instructor,
Columbus State Community College
Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator Supply Chain Management,
Columbus State Community College
Dr. Ned Young
SCA Co-PI & Profession of Management & MIS, Sinclair Community College
Sinclair Community College
Session 3: 2:00-2:50
Future of the Cybersecurity Workforce, Recent Trends, Workforce Demands & National Initiatives
Significant compromises of sensitive U.S. defense information on vendor computer networks have prompted new rules and requirements. Soon over 300,000 new and existing Department of Defense (DoD) contractors seeking new contracts with the DoD must meet requirements announced January 1, 2020. The model is designed to protect our national DoD supply chain from cyber criminals and state-sponsored attacks. This requirement, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), is a unified standard for implementing cybersecurity across the companies included in the defense industrial base (DIB). The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense combined several cybersecurity standards and best practices and mapped these controls and processes across five maturity levels. This session will cover each maturity level and demonstrate new instructional materials you can use to incorporate cybersecurity concepts in your program. The session will include demonstrations of new tools and resources available to academia.
Dr. John Sands
PI, Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) & Department Chair, Professor Computer Integrated Technologies/Cybersecurity, Moraine Valley Community College
Thursday, April 29
Session 4: 12:05-1:10
Session 4 Presentations:
Certification and Apprenticeship: Target Corporation Leading the Way in Technician Workforce Development
Target, a founding SCA industry partner, has taken the bull by the horns in addressing its current and future technician workforce development needs. In partnership with SCA and Norco College, Target embarked on a journey to develop and upskill its techs by integrating Amatrol’s Skill Boss Logistics device with MSSC’s industry-validated, ISO 17024-accredited Certified Technician-Supply Chain Automation (CT-SCA) program and an onsite registered apprenticeship. The goal is to educate, develop, and certify both new hires and incumbent workers. During this session attendees will learn about the challenges Target faced, how the pilot program was developed, what role each partner played, the obstacles that were overcome, and the future direction of the technician certification program.
The National Center for Supply Chain Automation (NCSCA)
Industry Leadership Team Co-Chair, NCSCA, Director, Supply Chain Engineering & Facilities Management, Target Corporation
Training Center Senior Operations Manager, Target Corporation
Interim Director, Regional Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning, Riverside Community College District
President, Amatrol Inc.
1:20 - A Word from our Sponsor:
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
In 2017 Valencia College embarked on a journey to create a new Supply Chain Automation program. Learn about the path Valencia took in this endeavor, the obstacles leaders encountered along the way, and how those obstacles were overcome. Hear about the mission of Valencia’s STEM Awareness Taskforce and its recruitment techniques, which include unique strategies for 2+2 career awareness outreach to local high schools and the creation of a technician “Day in the Life” video.
Dr. James McDonald
Professor & Dean of Career & Technical Programs, Valencia College
Professor, Program Chair of Engineering Technology, Valencia College
Session 6: 2:20-2:50
The Future of Work, Trends, and Careers in Technical Education
In light of the recent pandemic, advancements in technology adoption, and predictions of AI proliferation, there is both a fair amount of excitement as well as trepidation about the Future of Work. This session will summarize the most comprehensive research recently completed on future trends in technical education and remote skills verification, including augmented reality and virtual reality adoption. Are you ready to pivot?
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.