Madeline Patton

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Technician’s Blend of Technical, IT & Writing Skills Fit at Solar Energy Company

Alex Thomas’s enthusiasm for renewable energy and the technical skills he learned during the three-semester certificate program at Madison Area Technical College (Madison College) in Wisconsin helped him get a paid internship as a systems integration technician at SunPeak. As an intern, the 25-year-old Thomas worked alongside John Schwarzmeier, the group leader for Systems Integration …

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SunPeak’s Systems Integration Leader Talks about Traditional, Advanced & Critical New Skill Sets for Solar Technicians

As leader of the Systems Integration Group at SunPeak, John Schwarzmeier oversees the SunPeak teams that are responsible for the interconnection, commissioning and long-term reliable operation of customer systems. The company website states, “He is an expert in PV system Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and has advanced knowledge of system monitoring and reporting. John also …

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Entrepreneur Anticipates More Overlap of Nano & Biotech within Agricultural Technology

Entrepreneur and PhD physicist Aaron Santos suggests community college students and faculty pay attention to the intersection of micro and nanotechnologies with biotechnology, and the emergence of their use in sensors and other new devices. In short, nanotechnology innovations are becoming more commercially viable in bioscience products. “My prediction is that you’re going to see …

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Employer Prizes Supply Chain Technician with Strong Troubleshooting Skills

As a regional maintenance manager for Dollar Tree’s 25 distribution centers in the continental U.S., Phil Gilkes looks for certain skills on resumes, and then listens during interviews for mention of particular technologies. For example, it piques his interest when supply chain technician applicants respond to his question about their experience with electric motors by …

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Project Hosts Regional Convenings on the Future of Work

Following on the work of its 2019 face-to-face convening in Winston-Salem, NC, in autumn 2020 the Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work project continued its development of regional partnerships with a virtual convening of representatives from Texas Gulf Coast employers, education institutions, and non-profit workforce development organizations. Principal Investigator Ann-Claire Anderson opened the sessions …

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