How to Leverage Summer Teacher Training Sessions to Make Your Technical Education Program Better Next Fall
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The academic year is winding down. After some much-deserved rest for educators, it’ll be time to start planning for next year. This is your opportunity to invest in your professional growth. Not just as an educator, but as someone who is preparing students for today’s ever-evolving world of work. By taking advantage of summer teacher training opportunities, you can return in the fall with new skills, fresh ideas, and a renewed passion for teaching.

The Importance of Summer Teacher Training

Professional development is crucial for educators to stay current with the latest industry trends and educational strategies. For those in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and STEM fields, staying updated is particularly important. Technology and industry practices evolve every year; so should your program. When you attend summer professional development courses, you’ll gain the following advantages:

  1. Two people leaning over a Skill Boss Manufacturing system at a summer teacher training event.Staying Updated with Industry Trends: Technology and industry standards are continually evolving.  This is particularly true in fields like manufacturing, robotics, and automation where changes are constant. If you’ve been in the classroom for a while, you’re probably not intimately familiar with every new technology and trend being adopted by industry. Summer is a great time to get familiar with these changes. Use the time to sharpen your skills enough to update your curriculum to current industry standards.
  2. Enhancing Teaching Skills: You’ll learn new teaching strategies and methodologies that can make classroom instruction more effective and engaging. These new approaches can help address diverse learning styles and improve student engagement and retention. As we move toward more individualized learning, you’ll need every tool in your teaching toolbox to ensure each student can meet their learning outcomes.
  3. Fulfilling Required Professional Development Hours: Many states and educational institutions mandate that educators complete a certain number of professional development hours annually to maintain their teaching credentials. Utilizing the summer for this purpose allows you to meet these requirements without the pressure of fitting it into your regular teaching schedule. Plus it gives you more time to thoroughly absorb and implement new knowledge and skills.
  4. Networking Opportunities: These programs provide a platform to connect with other educators and industry professionals, facilitating the exchange of ideas and best practices. You may be surprised at the collaborations, partnerships, and access to resources that can come from meeting other educators at training. In the long run, your extended network will benefit your program and students.
  5. Boosting Student Outcomes: Livelong learning is a must. Educators who engage in professional development are better equipped to deliver high-quality education, directly impacting student success and career readiness. Well-prepared educators can inspire and prepare students for high-wage, high-demand careers, helping to close the skills gap in critical industries.

This summer, we will continue offering our popular Industry 4.0 Instructor Training at no cost to educators. Our Industry 4.0 training course is specifically tailored for instructors looking to integrate cutting-edge technology and industry practices into their curriculum.

Take Your Program to the Next Level with Our Summer Teacher Training Course on Industry 4.0

Do you want to be part of closing the skills gap in manufacturing? Want to prepare your students for high-wage, high-demand careers? Or simply want to learn more about Industry 4.0? This summer, we’re offering Industry 4.0 training to instructors at no cost to you. Over 350 instructors across the Midwest have already benefited from this interactive, week-long session designed to help you deliver Industry 4.0 courses in your program.

What to Expect from Industry 4.0 Instructor Training

A group of smiling teachers standing around an electrical systems trainer during a summer teacher training sessionIndustry 4.0 Deep Dives

Our sessions will delve into the core technologies, trends, and career opportunities in today’s Industry 4.0 workforce. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how advancements in areas like artificial intelligence, smart sensors, and data analytics are reshaping the workforce. While manufacturing is the core sector impacted by Industry 4.0, you’ll find applications for agriculture, automotive and transportation, supply chain and distribution, energy and more.

Hands-On Skills Training

You’ll work through practical skills on cutting-edge training systems being used in classrooms today. From basic electrical and mechanical systems to advanced mechatronics smart factories, you’ll get hands-on experience with industrial training systems. These are designed with OEM components to prepare students for their careers.

Instructional Guidance

This training program is designed to give you a roadmap for teaching Industry 4.0, including classroom setup, curriculum mapping, funding strategies, building industry partnerships, creating pathways from K-12 to higher education, and more. Our goal is to equip you with the tools and strategies needed to implement an effective and sustainable Industry 4.0 curriculum.

Certification Opportunities

Learn about industry-recognized certifications for Industry 4.0, advanced manufacturing, and robotics that schools are deploying today. You will even have the opportunity to earn SACA certifications after training!

Benefits to Attending Industry 4.0 Instructor Training

Here are some of the key benefits:

  1. It’s Free! We offer this course at no cost to you. You’ll get access to the curriculum, training equipment, instructional resources and support at no cost to you or your district.
  2. Get Familiar with Industry 4.0: You don’t have to be an automation expert or a data scientist to inspire your students to pursue that path. With the right curriculum resources (which we’ll share during training), you can teach Industry 4.0 concepts like industrial control systems, mechatronics, robotics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), even if you’re a novice.
  3. Enhance Your Current Courses: Keep what’s already working in your programs and add an Industry 4.0 flavor to it. What you learn in training will help you enhance existing programs to incorporate smart sensors, data analytics and AI.
  4. Professional Growth: Earn industry-recognized certifications and add new skills to your repertoire. This not only boosts your resume but also enhances your teaching effectiveness and professional satisfaction.
  5. Build Stronger Partnerships: Learn how to create and maintain industry partnerships that can provide resources, funding, and real-world opportunities for your students. These connections can be instrumental in keeping your program current and relevant.

Don’t miss this chance to enhance your program and make a lasting impact on your students’ futures. Join us this summer and be a part of the movement to bridge the skills gap and prepare the next generation for high-demand careers in advanced manufacturing and technology!

Summer Industry 4.0 Instructor Training schedule at-a-glance

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