Manufacturing and the HTEC Conference
In July, more than 180 educators, lawmakers, engineers, industry partners, and business professionals gathered at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York, for the 6th Annual HTEC Americas CNC Educators Conference.
The 4-day event provided an outstanding opportunity for educators to meet, exchange education techniques, check out the latest CNC machining technology and methods, and discover ways to improve the student experience. This year’s theme was “Growing Your Manufacturing Education Triangle” – focusing on recruiting students, building programs, and developing employment opportunities.
Jeremy Bout, producer of The Edge Factor, opened the conference with a preview of his new project, Metal and Flesh (watch the teaser and other episodes at www.edgefactor.com). Other event activities included 21 breakout sessions in seven categories by HTEC members and partners, as well as tours of General Electric’s Large Steam Turbine facility, and Watervliet Arsenal.
Haas Technical Education Centers (HTECs) are partnerships between Haas Automation, qualified learning institutions, local Haas Factory Outlets, and industry partners, that provide schools, colleges, and universities the support they need to provide superlative CNC education.
Haas Automation developed the HTEC concept in 2001. Today, there are more than 1800 HTECs worldwide training about 36,000 students, and using nearly 3000 modern Haas CNC machine tools – clearly a vital resource for manufacturing.
For more information about the HTEC program, visit www.htecnetwork.org.