|What does your company do/what industry do you represent? Design, prototyping, and advanced manufacturing including CAD design, 3D Printing for microfluidics, medical device, biotech, aerospace, microelectronics, jewelry, art, and consumer products industries. Our education division develops digital badge micro-certification workforce trainings for these technologies.
What makes your company or organization unique? We invest in creating workforce training programs whose digital badges are issued by the New Collar Network, a North American non-profit I helped found that is part of the MIT Fab Lab Network.
Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months? We expect to have two more registered apprentices start in May or June, and in addition, our digital badge program is expanding throughout North America.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business? We were able to successfully transition to building PPE due to my medical device background (owning the company that invented and manufactured the laser for LASIK, among other products). More importantly, we experimented with taking our instructor-led digital badge program online to great success last summer.
Share a goal you set for 2021: We have a collaboration with MatterHackers, a 3D Printer distributor, for bundling our digital badges with their machines, which will allow us to offer self-paced training online that I plan to have up and running in early 2021.
Describe where you see technology in year 2030. Technology, like 3D Printing, robotics, AI, predictive analytics, and more are starting to enter non-technical industries like retail, healthcare, and agriculture. By 2030 these disruptive technologies will have altered work to the point that workers in every field will need digital New Collar skills. Somebody will have to fix the robots!
Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? All of the above!!
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