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November 2014 Tech Bytes

INDUSTRY NEWS

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records for First Nine Months of 2014

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.
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Obama Takes Action to Push Manufacturing

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies.
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EDUCATION

The real cost of college? It’s probably even higher
than you think
 
Freshmen say they'll finish in four years, but most need a pricey fifth or sixth.
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The Skills Gap and Why We Need a Modern Rosie
 
Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24 percent in the manufacturing sector.
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Where Have the Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Gone?
 
Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce by all manufacturers.
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GBC PROGRAMS

New Online Bachelor of Science Degree offered by George Brown College and Neumann University

George Brown College Center for Continuous Learning is pleased to announce the launch of a new online Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree program in association with Neumann University, in Aston, Pennsylvania. Students who have completed the Electronics Technician Diploma and the PLC or PLC Technician II Certificate program through George Brown College, can transfer directly into the fourth year of studies at Neumann University to complete a 4 year Bachelor of Science Degree.
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STUDENT SUCCESS STORY
Name: Alex Pineda
Program: Electronics, Electromechanical, Robotics and PLC Technician

Alex Pineda is currently enrolled in the PLC Technician II program and has already graduated from the Electronics, Electromechanical, Robotics and PLC programs. Working for Mapei Corporation he is now an Industrial Mechanic “in charge of the operations, maintenance, repairs and training for new personal in the USA and Canada.”

Alex has seen the impact of taking the programs in his day to day work; “they helped me a lot with my troubleshooting skills and have allowed me to develop projects and make improvements in my work place.”

“Throughout my career I have acquired many skills but never got specific credentials. These programs have helped me develop new skills and knowledge, and also provided the types of support that are crucial to my success. I am confident that these programs will help me achieve my long term professional goals”