As the 4th Industrial Revolution impacts the workplace, it also impacts every one of us. Not only do employers need to focus on keeping up with advances in technology in their operations, they must also ensue their workforce is keeping pace with the rapid rate of change. As we continue to delve into the impacts of 4IR, this panel will look at how companies are dealing with the need for employees to continually update their skills, and what employees need to do to stay relevant. Join Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director of the National Coalition of Certification Centers, Jason Scales, Ph.D., Business Manager for Lincoln Electric’s Education products and services, Maureen Tholen, Sustainability Director for 3M’s Industrial Business, and Safety and Graphics Business Groups, and chairperson of the SkillsUSA Foundation Inc, and Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation for the University of Arizona for a candid discussion on the future of work, moderated by Pima Community College’s Vice President of Workforce Development, Dr. Ian Roark.
Jason Scales is responsible for strategic planning and the management of the company’s education team and product portfolio. His team includes research and development, product management, technical training and education sales. He has been with Lincoln Electric for 7 years predominately in the Technical Training department providing extensive experience in leading, designing, developing, and implementing educational programs for higher education, corporations, non-profits, and government agencies. His commitment is to continue supporting customer training programs, community college systems, non-traditional programs, continuing education and workforce development opportunities for learning communities across the world. He is a respected scholar, consultant and educational leader among national, regional and global officials.
He serves on a number of welding education and partner boards and has participated in numerous speaking engagements, panels and bylined articles on the subject of the changing face of technical education and paths for addressing the current ‘skills gap’ in manufacturing and construction.
He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Education at the University of Missouri.