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December 2013 Tech Bytes

Industry News

U.S. manufacturing cranking into higher gear, new report indicates

The American manufacturing industry appears to be getting back some of its mojo. After slumping in the spring, a key measure of U.S. factory activity increased for the sixth straight month in November, reaching its highest level in 2 1/2 years.

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Why Robots Are Taking It Off

Recent technological advances have helped bridge the gap between traditional CNC machining and robotic material removal. Some would even say that robotic finishing is a maturing segment. Robotic machining still has a ways to go before it joins the mainstream ranks  
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Capital Spending Survey: Assembly Plants Boost Spending on Manufacturing Equipment

The good news for U.S. manufacturing continues. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month.

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Debunking the Concerns of the Online Learning Experience for Adults

The emergence of online education as a viable alternative to traditional brick and mortar learning provides an avenue to take the next step. A recent Gallup poll discovered that many adults recognize the flexibility of online education, saying it provided a format most students can succeed in and that it provides a variety of choices for highly regarded curriculum.

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Maximizing the effectiveness of technical training

Use current technologies to reduce training costs and improve what your students retain.How many times have all of us attended training for a week or two, maybe longer, only to come away with ten pounds of manuals, a hat emblazoned with the OEM’s logo, and a screwdriver?

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GBC Programs

Holiday Hours

The Student Support Center will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Please note that registrations (including module orders) received from December 24, 2013 to January 1, 2014 will be processed by January 3, 2014.


Technical and tutorial support will be available during this period by email ( as well as through the Student Support Center online forums.


Our Program Advisors and Support staff would like to wish you a Healthy, Happy and Safe holiday season.


Student success story

Rick Tucker
Program: Electronics, Electromechanical, PLC and Robotics Technician

Student Success Story - Rick Tucker
When Rick Tucker enrolled in the PLC Technician Certificate program he was a Development Technician II with Nordion; responsible for updating and maintaining all Nordion's PLCs. “The George Brown program offered me flexibility and the refreshing knowledge I needed to do my job effectively and efficiently. From troubleshooting to writing code, I used what I learned in the program to perform my role to a high degree.” Since completing the PLC Technician program Rick has been promoted to Senior Quality Control Technician.

Rick found “the PLC program easy to follow. The breakdown of the modules with review questions and exams was perfect, not too much information, but just enough that a person with a full time job would have no problems completing the program in a timely manner. The labs were really effective as well, I guess what I am trying to say is that this program is the whole great package.”

“While I didn’t need the Support Center it was nice to have it available. Just knowing that an institution like George Brown follows up with their students is a great comfort.”

Rick has also completed the Electronics & Electromechanical Technician programs and is currently working on the Robotics Technician program. “Once the Robotics program is completed I will venture to finish the new PLC Technician II course as well.”