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December 2014 Tech Bytes

MAPI Foundation Economic Forecast: Jobs, Replacement Demand Highlight Growth

Strong growth in jobs plus replacement demand for equipment from businesses will provide a stable base for overall economic growth, according to a new report.
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Positive signs emerge from Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference 2014

The Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference ended on a high note with positive signs ahead for 2015. With a packed agenda, attendees heard about the forecasts for the upcoming year that will affect their business planning, networked with other industry executives, and learned sales and marketing tactics to jumpstart success.
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The Importance of U.S. Manufacturing

The U.S. manufacturing sector is so huge that if it were its own country, it would rank as the tenth-largest world economy.

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How 3D printing is set to shake up manufacthe Importance of U.S. Manufacturing Supply Chains

Now, the wider business world is beginning to understand the potential of 3D printing for cost-effective, efficient and environmentally-friendly manufacturing.
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How to Succeed Taking Online Courses

You’ve finally decided to take an online course, perhaps supplementing your regular on-campus courses with one that you can complete at your own pace. Online learning has been around for years and has provided many opportunities for people to get an education who might otherwise be shut out. Online courses may provide some flexibility for students, but there are some challenges that must be met too.
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Reflections on the Underemployment of College Graduates
Most people — and especially parents of 20-something college graduates — know that the job market is particularly tough right now for recent college grads. But so tough that about half of them are either unemployed or underemployed?
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New Version of PLC Technician II Program

The new version of PLC Technician II contains ten 3DWorlds within the PLCLogix software.  The state-of-the-art software, PLCLogix, enables you to simulate a “hands on” experience in the operation of the Logix 5000 PLC with interactive 3D animations.  The 3DWorlds range in complexity from a simple warehouse door application, to the advanced functionality required to run a bottling line or four floor elevator application. These 3D PLC applications are based on a wide range of real world manufacturing and service environments. They include a Batch Mixer, Stationary and Moving Car Washes, Single and Dual Compressors, Silo/Hopper as well as Traffic Lights.  The simulations also allow you to explore each environment with 5 camera views and zoom functions.

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Holiday Hours

The Student Support Center will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2014 to January 4, 2015. Please note that registrations (including module orders) received from December 24, 2014 to January 4, 2015 will be processed the week of January 5, 2014.

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


Name: Jeffery Sayewich
Program: Electronics and Electromechanical Technician

Jeffery SayewichJeffery Sayewich understands that a little knowledge can go a long way and so, with the support of his company, he enrolled in the Electromechanical Technician program. He has also graduated from the Electronics program. Currently working as an Elevator Technician, Jeffery feels that “while people in his trade have a lot of experience” his “experience coupled with the theory and practical labs from the programs are borderline magic in an experience based industry". Jeffery expects this will help with future job opportunities

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