New training session will educate teachers about tech jobs

By Luke Torrance – Digital Producer, Pittsburgh Business Times

A new academy to talk with teachers about manufacturing jobs is coming to Westmoreland County.

According to a press release, Catalyst Connection, an economic development organization helping small manufacturers, is launching the “Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy.” Fifteen teachers from eight school districts, including Avonworth, Beaver Area and Seneca Valley, will take part. The program will discuss the emerging technologies of manufacturing, provide resources to bring these technologies to the classroom and provide training on inquiry-based education best practices.

“These teachers can share this knowledge with their students and help build the workforce of talent needed for Pennsylvania’s economy,” the press release said.

This week’s workshop at the Westmoreland County Community College will be a pilot program; if successful, similar events will be held in other parts of southwest Pennsylvania. ASSET STEM Education, BirdBrain Technologies and the Carnegie Robotics Academy are working with Catalyst Connection to support the program. Financial backing came from the Benedum Foundation and the Chevron Corp., according to the release.