Author Archives: Carrie Tatman Schwartz

On April 26 and 27, I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Minnesota Skills Competition, Career Fair, and Mega-Tech Event at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The Minnesota Fluid Power Skills Competition is an annual event of the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) Chapter 5. The students who participated came from four...

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NFPA has various workforce development programs that help connect NFPA member companies with schools that teach fluid power to not only ensure curriculum thoroughly trains students in fluid power skills and concepts, but also to help members get better access to the future workforce. As part of these efforts, we encourage members to make material donations...

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As part of our strategic agenda, NFPA helps increase the number of technically trained people and connects them to careers in the fluid power industry. One way to make that connection is through the NFPA Careers website, which was recently expanded to include more information for students, instructors, and members: Students: In addition to job...

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In 2016, Cleveland Community College (CCC) in Shelby, North Carolina received a $25,000 Fluid Power Lab Grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The school is using the funds to purchase proportional valves to upgrade its existing hydraulic trainer and to purchase a new trainer. CCC recently reported that its new and upgraded trainers...

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Greenco donates cylinders to tech school
Through its various workforce development programs, NFPA works to connect member companies with local schools that teach fluid power. One way NFPA is helping member companies reach local schools is through facilitating material donations to schools for their fluid power labs and class projects. When the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida reached out to...

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NFPA Education Partner Map
Ensuring that schools are teaching students the right skills to be successful in the industry is an important part of filling workforce needs. The new Education Partner Locator on NFPA.com lets you search by country, state, education level (2- and 4-year degrees), and proximity to your location, and then aggregates a list of tech schools...

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In 2015, Eastern Iowa Community College in Davenport, Iowa received a $23,000 Fluid Power Lab Grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The school used the funds to purchase an electrohydraulic option from Hampden for existing equipment, along with the associated operating, experiment, and teacher’s manual, as well as simulation software called Automation Studios....

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In 2015, Eastern Iowa Community College in Davenport, Iowa received a $23,000 Fluid Power Lab Grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The school used the funds to purchase an electrohydraulic option from Hampden for existing equipment, along with the associated operating, experiment, and teachers manual, as well as simulation software called Automation Studios....

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Andrea Vacca at the Maha Fluid Power Research Center
Pictured above: Professor Vacca explains a test bench that was funded in part by NFPA. In September, NFPA Workforce Program Manager Stephanie Scaccianoce and I had the pleasure of visiting the Maha Fluid Power Research Center at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.  Associate Professor Andrea Vacca hosted our visit and provided an overview of the...

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(Roman, left, and Javier pictured above) In 2015, Triton College in River Grove, Illinois received a $25,000 Fluid Power Lab Grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The school used the funds to purchase equipment and supplies for their new lab, which is being used in three classes with approximately 42 students altogether each...

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