New College Continues to Bridge the Skills Gap in Advanced Manufacturing

New College Institute collaborated with the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) and Averett University to connect technical trainers to a unique professional development opportunity, Instructional Dynamics for Technical Trainers. This program was developed in recognition of a shortage of technical trainers in Southern Virginia and to fill a need for instructors at New College Institute (NCI) in Martinsville and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) in South Boston.

“New College Institute needs experienced machine operators who are willing to become part-time instructors. The Instructional Dynamics for Technical Trainers is an excellent program that provides a pathway for technicians to become trainers. Most importantly, this program is key to developing a high-performing workforce,” said Brian Pace, Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing.

The Instructional Dynamics for Technical Trainers program includes five modules to provide technical trainers with instructional knowledge including classroom management, learning principles and style, assessment and planning, and using technology in the classroom. The total cost for all five modules is $200, but thanks to grant funding NCI will be able to waive the costs for five additional participants.

“This is a great opportunity for NCI to provide regional machinists the opportunity to earn additional funds as they help better prepare the current and future workforce,” said Melany Stowe, Assistant Director of Academics and Communications.

To register or learn more about the courses visit https://bit.ly/2IdWYWS.