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    Addressing Poor Performance

    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. Addressing Poor Performance virtual training builds leaders’ skills in handling chronic performance problems. They learn how to document and present a solid case for needed improvement […]

    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. Attend Advanced Coaching so leaders learn that […]

    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

    Click here to view the recording of Digital Twins: Characteristics and Manufacturing Applications. 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” […]

    AIM2LEARN: 3D Scanning Webinar

    Click here to view a recording of 3D Scanning Webinar.    The 3D Scanning 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 […]

    AIM2LEARN: Friction Stir Welding Webinar

    This webinar will help manufacturers answer the questions: What is Friction Stir Welding?  What are the benefits of the process?  What are the challenges?  How can we help your team?   About the Presenter:  Michael J. Pollock, Senior Director of Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing, Concurrent Technologies Corporation Michael Pollock is the Senior Director of Advanced […]

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

    Click here to view the recording of Partnering with the DoD.    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 […]

    AIM2LEARN: Quality Management Systems for Defense Manufacturing Webinar

    This webinar will help manufacturers considering entry into the defense supply chain assess the time and resource commitment for implementing and maintaining an ISO 9001- or AS9100-registered Quality Management System, as routinely required in the defense industry.  The webinar will also outline the steps for manufacturers already supplying the defense industry in maintaining and improving […]

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

    Click here to view the recording of Risk Management = Return on Investment: Counterintelligence Trends & Protecting Your Intellectual Property.    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 […]

    AIM2LEARN: Robotic Adhesive & Sealant Dispensing – Addressing Ongoing Difficulties and Problems of Manual Application Webinar

    This presentation will discuss the problems and challenges encountered by manufacturers in the manual application of robotic adhesive & sealants; the various specific industries/applications where this is solution applicable; and the Robot27 robotic solution that leverages industrial/collaborative robots to address needs in these areas.  The presentation will be a short PowerPoint presentation that will include […]

    AIM2LEARN: Robotics for Manufacturing – Criticality of AI to the Accessibility and Adoption of Robotics for Manufacturing Webinar

    This presentation will briefly discuss the ARM Institute, the conclusions of the AI Discovery Workshop conducted by the ARM Institute in 2021, the resulting Data for AI Working Group (DAWG) and its initiatives to support and develop solutions relative to small and medium manufacturers (e.g., National AI Robotics for Manufacturing Assessment). National AI Robotics for […]

    AIM2LEARN: Robotics in Manufacturing

    Click here to view the recording of Robotics in Manufacturing.    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 […]

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

    To view the recording of Smart and Flexible Building Manufacturing through Production Digital Twins.   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 […]

    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  at the Appalachian Energy Innovation Collaborative Conference for a valuable and unique event. The conference is […]

    AS9100™ Rev D Internal Auditing Training

    Internal Audits for Aviation, Space and Defense Industries AS9100 Rev D Internal Auditor Course Objective The AS9100 Rev D Internal Auditor training 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 […]

    AS9100™ Rev D Orientation

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

    Building and Sustaining Trust

    Course Overview What does building and sustaining trust have to do with business success? Everything. Building 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 […]

    Catalyst Connection’s Student Video Reception 2022

    The Student Video Contest features 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 […]

    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 […]

    Confident Women in Manufacturing and Their Path to Leadership Lunch & Learn

    Diversity and inclusion are critical initiatives for company success. Creating a culture and atmosphere for women to advance and excel in leadership positions ensures revenue growth, customer satisfaction and innovation. Join us for a lunch and learn Tuesday, November 1st to explore how you can unleash your confidence and potential.  Hear from regional female leaders […]

    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 […]

    Emerging Leaders in Manufacturing (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 […]

    Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

    A Tool for proactively evaluating processes and/or products and identifying ways to prevent defects Course Objectives Participants are introduced to the use of Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to analyze a design or process in order to identify potential failures and consider improvement needs.  By assessing the severity of a potential failure, the likelihood that […]

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

    To view the recording of this webinar, click here. Evaluate your strategic plan in the new normal. 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, developing a strategic plan can be challenging. […]

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

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

    Frontline Leaders Training

    Registration for this leadership skills learning series is now closed. If you would like information on our next training date, contact registration@catalystconnection.org. 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 […]

    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, […]

    Fuel For Thought: The Opportunity for Plastics Manufacturers in the Appalachian Region

    Learn about an opportunities for regional plastics manufacturers to expand and build profitability. The availability of shale gas locally has made manufacturing of plastic products that utilize HDPE and LLDPE cheaper in the Appalachian Region. Greater consumer spending is increasing demand for goods that use plastic. Manufacturing activity has risen and supported higher demand for […]

    Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Training

    Registration for this training is now closed. To be alerted the next time the training will be offered, contact cconnelly@catalystconnection.org. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 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 […]

    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 high-impact feedback and listening 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 […]

    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 export compliance regulations makes them difficult for manufacturers of all sizes to understand and follow. And the risk of […]

    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 Orientation 1 Day Training

    Understanding the Standard and Its Impact on Your Organization  Learning Objectives for ISO 9001:2015 Training This ISO 9001:2015 training course was designed to introduce the student to the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system standard and impart an understanding of how the standard applies to their specific organization.  Attendees will be prepared to use the information […]

    KATA Training

    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 […]

    Lean Certification

    Lean Certification Course Objective The Lean Certification Series is designed to provide participants with a solid foundation in basic lean principles, including hands-on experience in the application of those principles. The program includes six days of classroom instruction as well as a practical application project The classroom training will be delivered at the rate of […]

    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 training is taking the […]

    Lean Product Development Tools

    Lean Product Development 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 lean 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 […]

    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. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course Objective In our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification training, you will learn to how to fix problems permanently by using […]

    Making High-Quality Decisions

    Making High-Quality Decision 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 […]

    Practical Problem Solving Training

    Practical Problem Solving 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 […]

    Principles of Lean Manufacturing

    Principles of 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. This Lean Manufacturing Training combines both a classroom setting with hands-on simulation, which gives the participants the opportunity to see the […]

    Print Reading and Engineering Drawing Format Training

    Registration for this training is now closed. If you would like to know the next time this training will be offered, please contact cconnelly@catalystconnection.org.   The foundational skills required to effectively understand and utilize information in drawings for manufacturing processes. Course Objectives Participants of Print Reading and Engineering Drawing Format Training are introduced to the […]

    Proven Lead Generation Webinar

    Review the recording of Proven Lead Generation Webinar. There is no surprise that COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on companies and their lead generation. 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 […]

    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

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

    Setting Goals and Reviewing Results

    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 […]

    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 Simplified Cybersecurity 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 […]

    Six Sigma Green Belt 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. Learned […]

    Statistical Process Control (SPC) Training

    Statistical Process Control Course Objectives Properly 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 […]

    The 5S System for Workplace Organization

    Course Overview The 5S System for Workplace Organization 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, […]

    Training Within Industry – Job Relations

    Description Job Relations (JR) teaches the essentials of leadership and positive employee interactions. Developing and maintaining constructive relationships prevents problems from arising that hinder better performance and improvement. JR lays the groundwork for building another layer of stability into your processes, supported by an atmosphere richer in team spirit and collaboration. Benefits of Attending Recognizing […]

    Training Within Industry (TWI) Job Relations Training

    TWI Job Relations Training Course Overview Training Within Industry (TWI) Job Relations Training is a dynamic program of hands-on learning and practice, teaching essential skills for supervisors, team leaders, and anyone who directs the work of others. Job Relations training teaches supervisors how to handle problems, how to prevent them from occurring, and, most importantly, […]

    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 Objective Value Stream Mapping Training offers a real-world case study for learning to identify and […]

    Your Leadership Journey

    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. Learn how you can take charge […]