May 15, 2013

Across the country, advanced manufacturing is experiencing a rebirth. But many jobs remain vacant because there aren’t enough qualified workers to fill those positions.

On May 15, 2013 Port San Antonio, with the support of Alamo Colleges, brought together a group of local and national workforce development experts in a town hall forum highlighting innovative programs that help workers prepare for and connect with the region’s growing advanced technology industries.

Participants included educators, members of the business community and public officials. As part of the program, guests engaged in a dialogue regarding best practices and ways in which the San Antonio community can further collaborations that are helping today’s and future generations prepare for growing opportunities in the region’s advanced industries.

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180 Skills, Alamo Colleges, Workforce Solutions Alamo

Panelist Presentations


Wayne Alexander
Board Chairman
Port San Antonio

Community Colleges: Strategic Partnerships with Industry and Public Organizations

Dr. Federico Zaragoza
Vice Chancellor of Economic & Workforce Development
Alamo Colleges
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Just In Time: Focused Training That Meets Industry Needs in Real Time

Patrick W. Newman
Executive Director
Workforce Solutions Alamo
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The Industry Perspective

Veronica Garcia
Human Resources
Higuchi Manufacturing

Harnessing Digital Technology to Deliver Advanced Manufacturing Training

Joseph Kitterman
Chief Executive Officer / Founder
180 Skills
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Q&A Group Discussion

Evolving the apprenticeship model in advanced manufacturing

David Marquez
Director of Economic Development
Bexar County
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Alamo Academies Recruiting new students

Gene Bowman
Executive Director
Alamo Academies
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San Antonio Manufacturers Association Recruiting new students

Rey Chavez
President & CEO
San Antonio Manufacturers Association
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Alamo Colleges Recruiting new students

Roberto Zarate
Alamo Colleges

Palo Alto College Recruiting new students

Ronnie Brannon
Lead Logistics Instructor
Palo Alto College
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Increasing resources and support for workforce training regionally and statewide

Ramiro Cavazos
President & CEO
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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Legislative efforts to support industry-specific training programs

John Dewey
San Antonio Manufacturers Association

Working cooperatively with school districts

Joe Alderete
Alamo Colleges
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