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Catherine “Cat” Ross
Director of Education, Smartforce Development

Catherine Ross is an advocate for career-technical education and the future of work. In her decade-plus in U.S. manufacturing, Cat has directed North American certification and accreditation programs, organized national STEM advocacy events and skills competitions, served as liaison to and advocate for military training and veteran transition programs, and managed or supported federal workforce initiatives for apprenticeship, youth skills training, and offender re-entry. As Director of Education, Cat champions manufacturing technology career pathways and steers AMT’s professional development product line: The Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineer (CMTSE) credential, Manufacturing Technology (MT) Sales Fundamentals e-learning course and workshops, and the MT University suite of e-learning classes.

Catherine Ross is an advocate for career-technical education and the future of work. In her decade-plus in U.S. manufacturing, Cat has directed North American certification and accreditation programs, organized national STEM advocacy events and skills competitions, served as liaison to and advocate for military training and veteran transition programs, and managed or supported federal workforce initiatives for apprenticeship, youth skills training, and offender re-entry. As Director of Education, Cat champions manufacturing technology career pathways and steers AMT’s professional development product line: The Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineer (CMTSE) credential, Manufacturing Technology (MT) Sales Fundamentals e-learning course and workshops, and the MT University suite of e-learning classes.

Posts by Catherine “Cat” Ross
Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossJan 18, 2022

Indiana Manufacturer Partners with Local Schools on Robotics Program

E3 Robotics Center (ER3C) is an innovative STEM and robotics program that trains K-12 students in emerging technology. Featuring robotics competitions, summer robotics camps, and e-SPORTS camps, the program has introduced thousands of students to ...

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossDec 13, 2021

Watch Them Soar

Rockets require immense power. Known as Impulse, the FIRST Robotics Team at the STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver, Colorado, views themselves as a rocket. AMT is proud to fuel their explorations through its Miles For Manufacturing 5K.

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossNov 08, 2021

Precision Machining is This Young Woman’s Happy Place

An impersonal workplace led Cassie to leave a large manufacturer and find a friendly work environment at JTD Enterprises, a small family-owned machine shop. JTD pays for all Cassie’s schooling while she learns a great career and works full time.

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossOct 27, 2021

Academy of Advanced Manufacturing Provides Free Training for U.S. Veterans

Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup teamed up to create the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing to provide U.S. military veterans with skills to find employment in the industry. The 12-week program includes both hands-on and classroom learning.

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossJun 23, 2021

Transforming Technologies, Transforming Lives

Classroom curriculum is adapting to keep pace with industry and accommodate the tech that will soon be ubiquitous at companies of all sizes. These technologies usher in a game-changing era.

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossOct 30, 2020

Remote Learning Isn't New, and It's Not Just for Students.

In 2019, AMT’s Smartforce Development team kicked off a project to upgrade our signature professional development programs into e-learning courses. The decision was easy: e-learning was a natural fit for learning in a digital age in an increasingly...

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Intelligence
By Catherine “Cat” RossApr 06, 2020

NCMS, DOD and FEMA partner on call for medical supplies

National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is assisting its government partners and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in preparing a list of companies with manufacturing capabilities that may play a role in solving critical supply...

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Technology
By Catherine “Cat” RossDec 12, 2019

Advancing MFG education with augmented reality and virtual reality

As manufacturers continue to recognize the applications and financial impact of transformative technologies, these same technologies are evolving our STEM classrooms and the way we train our workforce...

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