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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 16, 2023

Three Digital & Physical Tips to Network for Success in 2023

Networking in 2023 is more than business cards and handshakes. Digital tools combined with a clever on-site strategy can streamline our connections and create more openings for opportunities.

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossJan 03, 2023

Nonprofit Connects People In Need With Skilled Manufacturing Work

A non-profit in San Francisco is helping put underserved people into life-changing manufacturing jobs manufacturing through training and social support. Learn more.

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossNov 14, 2022

Mechatronics Competition at IMTS 2022 Shows off Manufacturing’s Exciting Future

An all-female team of mechatronics apprentices took first place in a live, cyber-physical learning environment at the IMTS 2022 Smartforce Student Summit.

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Technology
By Catherine “Cat” RossOct 12, 2022

Check Out ‘Clash of Trades,’ Advanced Manufacturing’s Very Own Reality TV Show

The second season of “Clash of Trades” is presented by Project MFG and just went live on YouTube last month.

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossAug 15, 2022

These Nine Organizations Won Federal Money to Bolster Manufacturing Workforce Training Programs

Last week the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration announced the winners of $500 million worth of grants to develop workforce training programs. The half-billion in funding will be spread out among 15 different economic sectors ...

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossJul 19, 2022

Student Summit to Feature the ‘Manufacturing Technology Classroom of the Future’ at IMTS 2022

Thousands of students will convene to explore the digital technologies underpinning manufacturing, space exploration, and more.

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossApr 21, 2022

Anoka Technical College Answers the Call for More CNC Service Techs

When a group of Minneapolis-area manufacturers couldn’t find qualified CNC service techs, they took matters into their own hands and helped develop a new two-year degree program at Anoka Technical College. Learn more.

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossMar 15, 2022

West Virginia’s Stellar Apprentice Program Deploys Skilled Apprentices Across America

West Virginia’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is a strategic resource helping manufacturers provide pre-apprenticeships, registered apprenticeship programs, and high-tech training for new and incumbent employees.

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Smartforce
By Catherine “Cat” RossJan 26, 2022

Million-Dollar Ideas: Manufacturing Partners Present Winning Workforce Development Plans

If you build it, they will come. But what if you build it better? What if building it better leads to more good jobs, community revitalization, and regional economic growth? That is the goal of EDA's Build Back Better Regional Challenge. 

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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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