Webinar: Workforce Development in the Digital Age

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021 Time: 2:00 p.m. ET (GMT -5, New York) Duration: 1 Hour Event Type: Live Webinar Cost: Free

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Manufacturers continue to be challenged in hiring the workforce they need to run their operations. While having a quality workforce has always been a differentiator for world-class companies, manufacturers are facing unique headwinds caused by the pandemic, demographic challenges with an aging workforce, wage pressures, lack of preparation for the high technology environment in manufacturing, and the ongoing transformation of manufacturing to Industry 4.0 practices.

This perfect storm of challenges in hiring cannot be overcome unless a new way of thinking is used when hiring, onboarding, and upskilling.

Join Gary R Bertoline, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Senior Vice President Purdue Online and Learning Innovation at Purdue University to find out how manufacturers like you are currently tackling these challenges. Learn how this new way of thinking and doing redefines how manufacturers approach workforce needs to fill the gap in hiring, training, and retaining a workforce for the digital age.

Some of the points Gary will cover include:

  • Why it is necessary to fundamentally change your approach to workforce development to remain competitive
  • Specific actions to take to build your workforce to support your business
  • Specific actions to take to prepare your workforce for Industry 4.0

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Speaker Dr. Gary R. Bertoline Senior Vice President, Purdue Online and Learning Innovation Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and Computer and Information Technology Purdue University

Dr. Gary R. Bertoline is Senior Vice President Purdue Online and Learning Innovation and a Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University. He earned his PhD at The Ohio State University and was on the faculty in the College of Engineering for 3 years before coming to Purdue University in 1990. Gary served as founding Department Head of Computer Graphics Technology then led the creation of the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing and the Envision Center for Data Perceptualization.

He is leading the growth of Purdue Online programs to serve traditional students and workforce needs of industry. He is developing a Learning Innovation Hub and Skunkworks at Purdue to advance the effective use of technologies to enhance student learning and classroom engagement at scale.

He co-founded the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) as well as the Polytechnic Institute initiative at Purdue University while serving as Dean. While serving as Dean, he led the development of the Polytechnic initiative at Purdue, which is a major effort to transform the learning experience of students to better prepare graduates for life and work in the digital age. Gary is the visionary leader for the Purdue Polytechnic High Schools located in Indianapolis and South Bend, IN with more schools planned. The STEM high schools feature a unique project-based curriculum that is closing the educational gap for many underserved and underrepresented students in the State of Indiana.

Gary’s research interests are in interactive immersive environments, intelligent manufacturing, STEM education and workforce education.


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