As business and industry evolve at an ever-increasing pace, the next wave of change in the form of digitalization and automation, known as “Industry 4.0,” will require new processes for businesses and new skills for employees. Hawkeye Community College recently joined Iowa’s Community Colleges, the Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), and other partners from across the state to announce a new consortium to support the manufacturing sector in adapting to these changes.
Known as Manufacturing 4.0, this partnership will respond to workforce, training/education and integration needs to help manufacturers strategically address technology investments, workforce pipeline, and workforce talent challenges. The Consortium will also support Iowa’s manufacturers' efforts to seize opportunities and remain competitive by providing consultation, education, implementation, and access to resources.
In addition to customized training for the existing workforce, the group will also develop and enhance certificate, diploma and degree programs to ensure employers have access to advanced skills training and career pathways now and in the future.
Dr. Todd Holcomb, President of Hawkeye Community College, said, "Manufacturing is an important component to the Iowa economy. Partnerships like Manufacturing 4.0 allow us to partner with businesses and educational institutions to grow the middle class in Iowa with high-technology, high-paying and high-demand jobs."
The Manufacturing 4.0 Consortium is looking for eight to ten small- to medium-size manufacturing companies to serve on the advisory committee. These companies should already be implementing or are looking to implement Industry 4.0 principles. If you would like to be considered for the advisory panel, or to learn more about it, please contact Pam Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (319) 296-2320 Ext. 3012.