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Titans of Pittsburgh Summer Program in Homewood

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Tom Reed treed@catalystconnection.org 412.889.4224 Pittsburgh, July 29, 2019 — Catalyst Connection and Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ have partnered to provide an immersive summer camp experience that will focus on CNC machine training using the TITANS of CNC Building Blocks with a 3-axis mill.  This is the first time that the TITAN’s curriculum is […]

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Alexa, Are You a U.S. Person?

By:  Jim McShane, Sr. Consultant, Trade Compliance, Export Solutions. “Hey Alexa, are you a U.S. Person?” Imagine this. A conference call with your foreign-based customer is about to begin. Today’s agenda includes technical discussions of recent upgrades and changes to the designs of some ITAR-controlled items. Your Trade Compliance Officer has reviewed the material and confirmed […]

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Carnegie Mellon looks to expand its presence at Hazelwood Green

By Melissa Rayworth, NEXT Pittsburgh Carnegie Mellon University has announced plans to invest further in Hazelwood Green by acquiring 8.3 acres of property. There’s no word yet on the specific use of the new property at the long in development former steel mill site. But the university says it will be used for some combination of research […]

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ARM brings on new leadership

By Julia Mericle, Technology Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times Pittsburgh-based Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing named several members of the local business community as leaders on its advisory councils and committees, according to a news release.  “The councils and committees are imperative to ARM’s success,” ARM CEO Byron Clayton said in a prepared statement. “These groups allow us to […]

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Westmoreland, Allegheny companies to benefit from manufacturing grants

By Megan Tomasic, TRIB Live Several Westmoreland and Allegheny county manufacturers will benefit from state grants focusing on the Manufacturing PA initiative. Approved by Gov. Tom Wolf Friday, the grants embed graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers where they will start research projects aimed at developing new technologies and advancing innovation across the state. […]

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Catalyst Connection and BotsIQ launch CNC training for local students

By Bill O’ Toole, NEXT Pittsburgh This summer, local nonprofits Catalyst Connection and BotsIQ are teaming up with summer camps for Pittsburgh’s budding machinists. The one-week courses, based in Homewood and Aliquippa respectively, will guide high school students through an online curriculum and coursework developed by the education organization Titans of CNC. From their home base in Rocklin, California, the […]

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Combatting the Skills Gap by Empowering Underrepresented Communities

By Sunni Massey, NIST The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) 2019 1st Quarter Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey found that 71.3% of the U.S. manufacturers surveyed cited the inability to attract and retain skilled workers as their top challenge for the sixth consecutive year the survey was administered. Analysts have called it a “full-blown workforce crisis.” I recently had the […]

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