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    5 Best Practices for Leading an Employer of Choice Organization

    Catalyst Connection is hosting a 2-hour breakfast briefing to present our experience and results with helping regional manufacturers improve organizational culture, morale and employee engagement through its people and leadership.  The session will focus on 5 best practices for addressing employees’ needs to ensure an environment that embraces respect, recognition, trust and value.  The interactive […]

    Additive Manufacturing – Mission Ready

    Description Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a top priority for the DOD to as they aim to accelerate Mission Readiness through a robust and innovative supply chain. Lean in to that journey with the DOD with this webinar as we discuss: What is Additive Manufacturing and what can it do? What is the DOD AM strategy […]

    Addressing Poor Performance

    Course Overview A single employee with chronic performance problems can dominate a leader's time, and drag down the productivity and morale of an entire work group. This course builds leaders’ skills in handling chronic performance problems. They learn how to document and present a solid case for needed improvement and use effective interaction skills. Leaders […]

    Advanced Coaching

    In many organizations good coaching is no longer enough. Today’s high-performance workplace requires leaders who can quickly assess business priorities and the capabilities of deployed talent. Leaders must have the skills to take advantage of every coaching opportunity, even when they don’t have time for formal coaching conversations. And leaders need to do more to […]

    AIM Higher Consortium Overview Webinar

    Growing the Defense Supply Chain in PA & WV The AIM Higher Consortium is a comprehensive initiative funded by the Department of Defense – Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) designed to strengthen the defense industrial ecosystem in the Southwest Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia region. The primary aims include accelerating defense manufacturing research […]

    AIM2LEARN Digital Twins: Characteristics and Manufacturing Applications Webinar

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence have long used data representations to model the real world.  However, these models and their real-world correlates were effectively disassociated; there was no real-time connection between the representation and that which was modelled.  The concept of a” digital twin” is to […]

    AIM2LEARN: 3D Scanning Webinar

    To view a recording of this webinar, click here. This webinar will introduce participants to different types of 3D scanning processes and associated technologies, including low-cost platforms. In addition, the 3D scan workflow will be explained via data forms, relevant data manipulation methods, and resulting file formats. A live demo of a "3D scan on […]

    AIM2LEARN: Partnering with the DOD – Manufacturing Priorities, Supply Chain and Workforce Webinar

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. Join us for our next AIM2Learn webinar to learn about the current DoD advanced manufacturing priorities along with supply chain and workforce gaps and opportunities.  Hiwot Gebremariam, DOD Program Activity Lead, will also highlight best practices on how to partner with DOD through existing assistance programs […]

    AIM2LEARN: Risk Management = Return on Investment: Counterintelligence Trends & Protecting Your Intellectual Property Webinar

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. It is well established that foreign adversaries target U.S. critical infrastructure to disrupt operations and steal intellectual property. This presentation will highlight the targeting efforts by such adversaries and the types of information and trade secrets they aim to access to advance their economic and military […]

    AIM2LEARN: Robotics in Manufacturing

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. While there are unique challenges to getting engaged in and competing in the defense supply chain, day-to-day production challenges are typically very similar to other sectors.  Workforce challenges, keeping up with customer demand while maintaining high quality standards, and doing more with less, to name a […]

    AIM2LEARN: Smart and Flexible Building Manufacturing through Production Digital Twins Webinar

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. This webinar will introduce participants to a number of computational methods that collectively enable a machine learning-empowered adaptive control system that can learn from experienced managers and operators in coordinating modular building manufacturing lines. The presenter will introduce computer vision and process data analytics methods that […]

    Appalachian Energy Innovation Collaborative (AEIC) Conference

    Stay tuned for information on AEIC 2023! About the Conference The Manufacturing and Energy Industries have long been leaders of innovation, and continue to deploy new technologies and solutions today. Join manufacturing and energy leaders on June 16, 2022 for a valuable and unique conference. The conference is located at the Hilton Garden Inn/Southpointe and […]

    AS9100™ Rev D Internal Auditing Training

    Internal Audits for Aviation, Space and Defense Industries Course Objective This course was developed considering the ISO 19011 standard and is designed to introduce the student to the AS9100  Rev D quality management system standard and prepare them to conduct effective internal audits. Interpretation of the QMS requirements and recognition of appropriate objective evidence to […]

    AS9100™ Rev D Orientation

    Quality Management System - Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations Course Objectives To learn about the changes and requirements of the AS9100™ Rev D standard. Course Outline This course will provide an explanation of the changes from AS9100C to the AS9100D Standard.  Through lecture, discussion and practical examples we will discuss the differences between […]

    Building and Sustaining Trust

    Course Overview What does trust have to do with business success? Everything. Trust is directly linked to employee engagement, retention, productivity, and innovation. Leaders who demonstrate trust and trustworthiness inspire higher eels of performance and commitment to team and organizational success. This course introduces Trust Builders, actions leaders can take to build and sustain trusting […]

    Catalyst Connection’s Student Video Reception 2022

    20 groups of students from 8 counties partnered with local manufacturing companies to put together short videos telling us what exactly they think is so cool about manufacturing. Join us for a fun night of celebrating the students’ hard work and hopefully see your student win an award! The What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? video […]

    Coaching for Peak Performance

    Training Overview Effective coaching is one of the most important drivers of team member performance. Whether leaders are guiding people toward success in new or challenging situations or helping people improve or enhance their work performance, their ability to coach and provide feedback makes the difference between mediocrity and high performance. By helping learners understand […]

    Coaching: Move People Forward

    Research has confirmed the significant business outcomes of coaching. While coaching can look differently across situations, it always aims to help people move forward. Good coaches create a relationship built on trust, meet the other person’s needs, and energize the person to achieve a goal. In this course, leaders recognize the benefits of a growth […]

    Communicating with Impact

    Course Overview Many organizations focus on technical skills as all-important to success in the workplace. Yet strong interpersonal skills are equally essential in transforming individual contributors into exceptional performers who have a greater impact in their roles. This foundational course provides individuals with a powerful set of interaction skills that enables them to communicate more […]

    Communication for Leadership Success

    Course Overview Organizations need leaders who can do more and be more in order to succeed in today's complex environment. They need frontline leaders with strong interpersonal skills who can get things done by mobilizing and engaging others. This foundation course for most Interaction Management® courses helps leaders communicate effectively so they can spark action […]

    Communication: Connect Through Conversations

    Much of a frontline leader’s work is accomplished through conversations, from the everyday routine to the extreme and tough challenges. Effective leaders are able to get things done through others by paying attention to the people doing the work. This course teaches leaders that engaging the “head”—the business outcome of the conversation—is just as critical […]

    Creating an Inclusive Environment

    Today, the organizations with the greatest competitive advantage are those that create an inclusive environment that makes the most of their people’s diverse experiences, ideas, and talents. Creating an Inclusive Environment gives people effective skills and tools for exploring others’ unique perspectives, understanding and leveraging people’s inherent differences, challenging devaluing behavior, and creating an environment […]

    Delegating with Purpose

    Training Overview Delegation is a critical skill for leaders in today’s “do more with less” business environment. Fewer resources, changing motivations, virtual employees, and global workforces are just a few of the challenges leaders face as they attempt to meet ever-increasing workplace demands. In this course, leaders learn the skills they need to address these […]

    Deploying Additive Manufacturing in Your Classroom

    This in-person Educate the Educator event is an all-day professional development experience for educators across the region. This event is anchored from the America Makes Additive Manufacturing (AM) Body of Knowledge and has been created by members of the industry and defense community through subject matter experts. Educators that attend this event will receive two […]

    Developing Yourself and Others

    Course Overview Development is critical to attracting and retaining talent, driving employee engagement, preparing future leaders, and ultimately ensuring the success of the organization. Clearly, development is just as important to leaders as it is to their direct reports. In this course learners are introduced to a practical process to guide their own and their […]

    Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Webinar Part 4 – Inclusion

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. Catalyst Connection recognizes the great benefit of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive manufacturing community; and that ensuring that every voice was heard, and every person is valued. Join Catalyst Connection's Nate Broadus in Part 4 of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion series. Nate will be discussing […]

    Driving Change

    Change in the Workplace In today’s complex and competitive environment, it’s no surprise that 70 percent of workplace change initiatives fail. For workplace change initiatives to be successful, organizations need leaders who are able to turn resistance into commitment and inspire team members to take ownership of change. This course provides the skills and resources […]

    Effective Root Cause/Corrective Action Training

    The best approach to corrective action involves a thorough examination of possible causes, followed by careful analysis to isolate the root cause(s). Some of the most effective and practical tools for generating possible causes will be discussed (brainstorming, 5-Why, Is/Is Not, 8D, and others). Application examples of each of these tools will be presented and […]

    Emerging Leaders in Manufacturing Program (ELM)

    Investing in your future stars Every company has high potential employees, but many smaller organizations do not have strong systems in place to support their growth. Catalyst Connection’s Emerging Leaders in Manufacturing (ELM) program is a proven platform for helping your top performers achieve personal and professional growth by focusing on mission-critical topics and applied […]

    Engaging and Retaining Talent

    Course Overview Research tells us that employee engagement is the primary enabler behind the successful execution of any business strategy. And, no one affects engagement and retention more than the employee’s immediate leader. This course provides leaders with a model to determine what drives each individual’s engagement, as well as methods for proactive engagement and […]

    Forge Ahead Webinar Series: Evaluating Your Strategic Plan in the New Normal

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. COVID-19 has impacted every manufacturer in the world and everyone is currently asking themselves the same question: What will happen when the pandemic is over? Even in the best of times, strategic planning can be challenging. But how do you plan for a post-pandemic world, particularly […]

    Forge Ahead Webinar Series: The Digital Thread and IoT – Overview and Applications

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. Join us for an exploration of the Digital Thread and IoT (Internet of Things), including discussion of manufacturing applications and a case study at a SW Pennsylvania manufacturer. We will discuss fundamentals, such as how the Digital Thread can provide seamless connections for data exchange between normally […]

    Frontline Leaders Virtual Training

    Registration for this training is now closed. If you would like information on our next training date, contact Frontline managers are the linchpins that connect strategy to execution, and they do this by directly supervising 80% of the workforce. These leaders are the defining factor between success and failure, and they need help. Did […]

    Fuel For Thought Webinar Series: Promoting Your Value Proposition

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. As you try to enter the energy supply chain or expand your reach, it is critical to understand how and where to market your business. This webinar will discuss ways to stay informed of industry trends, how to engage with the industry and best practices to […]

    Fuel For Thought Webinar Series: Shale POWER Supplier Directory

    To view a recording of this webinar, click here. This webinar will: 1) Introduce the new Shale POWER Supplier Directory 2) Explain why manufacturing companies can benefit from joining 3) Learn some tips on how to create your listing that will increase the benefits for your company. This free directory was created to allow decision […]

    Fuel for Thought: Shale Insight Technology Showcase

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. Learn about an opportunity to work directly with customers in the shale industry while receiving valuable feedback on your product. The annual Shale Insights conference of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, September 28-30 in Erie Pennsylvania includes a Technology Showcase. The deadline to apply is August 6, […]

    Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Training

    Course Objectives Participants are introduced to the foundational aspects of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. GD&T is a specific method of communicating dimensions and tolerances for size, location, orientation, and form. The basic definition and objective of GD&T is: Geometric: A way of thinking about and communicating dimensions and tolerances for a product. Dimensioning: Calculating, recording, […]

    High-Impact Feedback and Listening

    Course Overview When sharing feedback is part of an organization’s culture, it is an effective business tool that reaches across all levels. In this course, individual performers learn how to effectively deliver both positive and developmental feedback. They also learn how to be receptive to feedback and to listen to accurately understand the speaker’s intended […]

    Industrial vs Collaborative Robots Webinar

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. As the line between these technology blurs, learn about the differences and similarities and how both have a place in the future of manufacturing.  Hear from an experienced automation engineer and learn from his experiences in over 15 robotics implementations. As the landscape for robotics continues […]

    Interaction Essentials for Leaders

    Course Overview This one-hour, web-based course helps learners understand the connection between interacting with people and their success as a leader. Interaction Essentials for leaders focuses on two skill sets--Key Principles and interaction Guidelines--that will help learners lead productive discussions needed to achieve leadership success. Learners assume a leader role for the duration of the […]

    Intro to Export Compliance Webinar

    Export control laws are a complex set of federal regulations designed to protect national security, prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, further foreign policy, and maintain U.S. economic competitiveness. Unfortunately, the complexity of these regulations makes them difficult for manufacturers of all sizes to understand and follow. And the risk of not following […]

    Inventor Essentials

    Catalyst Connection has partnered with MESA, Inc. to bring you Autodesk training. Learn the fundamental principles of 3D parametric part design, assembly design, and creating production-ready part and assembly drawings using Autodesk® Inventor®.  Hands-on exercises representing real-world, industry-specific design scenarios are included. What you will learn: Basic Part Modeling Techniques How to Assemble and Constraining […]

    Inventor Nastran Training

    Catalyst Connection has partnered with MESA, Inc. to bring you Autodesk training. Description: This course will introduce students to the analysis capabilities that are available in Inventor Nastran. Students will become familiar with meshing, loads, and constraints for the different types of analysis. What you will learn: Perform various analysis types on your design including […]

    Inventor Nesting and CAM Workflow

    Catalyst Connection has partnered with MESA, Inc. to bring you Autodesk training. Description: The Product Design and Manufacturing Collection offers two great add-ins that emphasize the Manufacturing portion of the collection.  With Inventor Nesting and Inventor CAM, users have the ability to create nests of parts, which can be exported to a DXF file or […]

    ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditing 2 Day Training

    Driving QMS Improvement with Effective Internal Audits  This course was developed considering the ISO 19011 standard and is designed to introduce the student to the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system standard and prepare them to conduct effective internal audits. Interpretation of the QMS requirements and recognition of appropriate objective evidence to verify system implementation and […]

    ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditing Virtual Training

    Driving QMS Improvement with Effective Internal Audits Course Objective This course was developed considering the ISO 19011 standard and is designed to introduce the student to the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system standard and prepare them to conduct effective internal audits. Interpretation of the QMS requirements and recognition of appropriate objective evidence to verify system […]

    ISO 9001:2015 Orientation 1 Day Training

    Registration is now closed for this training. If you would like to know when the training will be offered again, contact Understanding the Standard and Its Impact on Your Organization Learning Objectives This course was designed to introduce the student to the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system standard and impart an understanding of how […]

    KATA Training

    Course Overview Have your traditional Lean deployment systems started to lose their momentum?  Have the gains you realized over time started to erode?  KATA Training will introduce the concepts of the Improvement KATA and Coaching KATA to challenge employees in their organizations to create the culture of continuous improvement and learning. Many companies seek to improve their business […]

    Lean Office

    Almost every manufacturing process has an engineer focused on improvements. Very few office processes have received that kind of attention. 25% to 60% of costs in a typical manufacturer come from back office processes- 80% in some industries. Most office people have not even heard of many Lean trainings. Lean Office is taking the principle […]

    Lean Product Development Tools

    Course Overview In today's fast-paced world, innovation is a critical component of a company's long term growth and success. Unfortunately, many manufacturers find the product development process to be one of their most ineffective and inefficient activities.The objective of this one-day workshop is to help manufacturers remove waste from their new product development programs and product […]

    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

    Course Overview Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification is a level of mastery for the Six Sigma methodology— a disciplined, data-driven approach for eliminating defects in any process. Course Objective In our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification training, you will learn to how to fix problems permanently by using the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology. […]

    Making High-Quality Decisions

    Course Overview Sound decision making demands much more than coming up with or picking the best alternative or option. It requires analyzing potential problems or opportunities and making sound judgments based on analysis. Using an engaging simulation, this course teaches a logical decision making process that addresses the critical elements that result in high-quality decisions. […]

    Manufacturing Works Summit

    Stay tuned for more information on Manufacturing Works Summit 2023! Catalyst Connection invites you to attend the Manufacturing Works Summit! Attendees will learn industry best practices on the topics of: Talent Attraction Hiring Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Employee Retainment And More! We invite regional manufacturers, educators, and partners to come together to build partnerships and […]

    People Empowerment Workshop Series

    A program for frontline leaders to mid level managers.   Join us for this four part series that will meet every other week on September 9, 23, October 7 & 21, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The series includes four instructor led classes and five one-on-one coaching sessions. Learn, develop and enhance the key […]

    Practical Problem Solving Training

    Course Overview Many companies seek to improve their business using various continuous improvement methodologies including Lean principles. The proven method for deploying these concepts is to tie them into an overall strategy of business improvement. This leads to the highest rate of return on investment over the long term along with ensuring sustainability of a […]

    Principles of Lean Manufacturing

    The Lean Manufacturing Training continues to be a key component for companies seeking a culture of continuous improvement. This introductory course provides participants with the foundational knowledge of Lean Manufacturing tools and concepts. The Lean Manufacturing Training combines both a classroom setting with hands-on simulation, which gives the participants the opportunity to see the benefits of the […]

    Print Reading and Engineering Drawing Format Training

    The foundational skills required to effectively understand and utilize information in drawings for manufacturing processes. Course Objectives Participants are introduced to the foundational aspects of reading and interpreting technical drawings.  At completion of the course, the participants will be equipped to identify and understand key information included on engineering prints. Course Overview The course will […]

    Proven Lead Generation Webinar

    To review the recording of this webinar, click here. There is no surprise that COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on companies. Manufacturers cannot attend tradeshows or hold events at this time, so they will have to rethink the way they generate leads, network and do business overall. This webinar will review DVIRC’s proven lead […]

    Resolving Workplace Conflict

    Course Overview Today's business environment challenges organizations to increase productivity, improve quality, shorten cycle time and reduce costs. An unfortunate but natural byproduct of these challenges is conflict. While conflict can lead to discoveries such as new ideas and innovative breakthroughs, it can, if allowed to escalate, result in damage to critical working relationships. This […]

    Risk Management Training

    Course Objective To raise basic awareness of risk management concepts and mechanisms so that participants can effectively identify and manage risks within their own organizations. Course Duration Class typically runs 7.5 hours Course Outline This training session introduces the definition of risk, the purpose of risk management and discusses steps necessary for the effective management […]

    Selling Through Distributors and Manufacturers’ Reps – Best Practices to Grow Channel Business

    Course Overview Do you rely on independent reps and distributors to identify opportunities, develop new business and manage existing accounts? Are they performing as well as you had hoped? If not, you are not alone. These are challenging relationships. Building an effective rep or distributor network that brings in new sales takes hard work ... […]

    Setting Goals and Reviewing Results

    Course Overview People are more engaged and strive for better results when they feel ownership of their work in both the process and the outcomes. Unfortunately, leaders fail to engage and reinforce this sense of ownership in performance management discussions. This course will show the positive effect of shifting the traditional role of planner and […]

    Setup Reduction Training

    Setup Reduction Setup reduction enables you to build on the principles of the single-minute exchange of dies (SMED) system to dramatically reduce or eliminate changeover time. SMED can help your company design no- or low-cost changeover solutions that allow it to meet customer demands for high-quality, low-cost products, delivered quickly and without the expense of […]

    Simplified Cybersecurity: The 6 Steps To Protecting Your Business

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. You know cybersecurity is important, but are you doing it right? Businesses can try to “buy their way secure” but end up spending a lot of money and still have massive gaps in the security posture, leaving them open for malicious actors to totally destroy their […]

    Six Sigma Green Belt Virtual Training

      Course Description The Six Sigma methodology is a systematic application that is focused on achieving significant financial results and increasing customer satisfaction. When properly deployed on carefully selected business projects, this methodology can lead to a significant reduction—and in many cases, elimination—of defects, process waste, and out-of-control processes, which translate into dramatic business gains. […]

    Statistical Process Control (SPC)

    Course Overview A Practical ApplicationCourse ObjectivesProperly applied, Statistical Process Control (SPC) will allow for more effective tracking and evaluation of output data, facilitate timely response to process issues and drive quality improvement. Concepts and practical application of SPC techniques will be presented. While statistical formulas are important, the class will focus on recognizing out-of-control conditions […]

    Taking the Heat Virtual Training

    A key to your success is your ability to respond to dissatisfied customers in a way that meets their needs and builds their loyalty to your organization. We’ll be exploring this topic during our virtual Taking the HEAT workshop, scheduled for April 1 and April 15 from 9am to 11am. This fast-paced session will be […]

    The 5S System for Workplace Organization

    Course Overview The 5S System is a series of five simple, low-cost activities ("sort," "set in order," "shine," "standardize," and "sustain"), designed to help you improve workplace organization and standardization. This simulation-based training program introduces the five steps and shows you how to apply them, one by one, to transform a cluttered, disorganized environment into […]

    Training Within Industry (TWI) Job Relations Training

    Course Overview TWI, based in New York, has created training protocol considered to be best practice nationally in manufacturing. The participants solve a variety of problems presented to them by employees through the use of the Job Relations Methodology. The benefits are fewer grievances by hourly employees, improved management relations, and improved productivity.

    UPCAM: Advanced Manufacturing R&D and How to Collaborate with the University of Pittsburgh Webinar

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. The focus of this AIM2Learn Webinar will be on current research and development being performed at the University of Pittsburgh in the area of advanced manufacturing. Research includes: 3D Printing, Advanced Materials Development, AI/Machine Learning, materials data science, Cybersecurity for IoT, and advanced magnetics for power […]

    Value Stream Mapping Training

    Value Stream Mapping Training is a practical, powerful tool for uncovering waste and prioritizing improvements that support reductions in lead time and cost. It will allow your team to create a game plan for attaining smoother, more efficient flow of material and information.Course ObjectiveValue Stream Mapping Training offers a real-world case study for learning to identify and document the […]

    Valuing Differences

    Valuing Differences gives people effective skills and tools for exploring others’ unique perspectives, understanding and leveraging people’s inherent differences, challenging devaluing behavior, and creating an environment in which people’s differences are respected and utilized. This course will be held virtually. Helps individuals: Contribute their unique styles, abilities, and motivations to ensure the success of their […]

    Your Leadership Journey

    Course Overview Making the transition from individual contributor to leader is both exciting and challenging. Unfortunately, we often promote individuals based on their hard work, and they struggle because being a leader is a career change, not just a slight shift in the work they do. This course arms a new or prospective leader with […]