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Laney College to Host the Northern California Haas Technical Education Center FREE Conference on “Manufacturing Reshoring”

22 October 2012

For those interested in learning about the resurgence of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., 
Laney College and the Haas Technical Education Centers (HTEC) present a FREE conference about manufacturing’s resurgence entitled “Manufacturing Reshoring in California”.

The Manufacturing Reshoring Conference
will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm in the Laney College Forum auditorium, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland. This free conference is open to educators, machine shop instructors, industry, counselors, labor, policymakers, and anyone interested in learning about manufacturing reshoring/onshoring. The event is co-sponsored by Chabot College, De Anza College, East Bay Economic Development Alliance, Petaluma High School and Selway Tools.

“The conference will include a tour of the Laney College Machine Shop,” said Mark V. Martin, Ph.D., Director, Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development at Laney College

Another highlight of the conference will include a morning session keynote by Ro Khanna, author of “Entrepreneurial Nation– Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future” Mr. Khanna spent two years as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, served on the White House Business Council, and is now a visiting lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stanford University, as well as a technology attorney at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.

Mr. Khanna’s presentation will be followed, first, by an Industry Panel about reshoring and worker skills (including information regarding the demand for skilled manufacturing employees) and then by an Education Panel entitled “Industry & Schools Working Together,” which will examine how industry and schools can work in tandem on training/retraining the workforce. During this panel session, participants will learn about the state of manufacturing education, what industry needs from schools and how industry can help educators.

The afternoon break-out sessions will cover training models and skills certifications for manufacturing students, including such topics as online training, stackable credentials and preparing the underprepared students. While these sessions are targeted towards educators, all are welcome to attend, especially representatives from manufacturing companies, shop instructors, counselors, school administrators, teachers, labor, WIB personnel, policymakers, and anyone who wants to learn about manufacturing and the reshoring/onshoring of jobs in the Bay Area.

For more information or to register (free) go to:,OR
For questions, contact Mark Martin (650) 248-7728

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