Military to Manufacturing: A Forum for Manufacturers

Wednesday, 10/04/2017

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Manufacturers face ongoing challenges filling their talent pipeline, and a growing shortage of talent as current workers retire, skill needs increase, and prospective employees have misperceptions about manufacturing careers. This forum will help companies of all sizes in the Topeka region to find information, partnerships, potential support, and actionable steps they can take to solve current and future workforce challenges, with a particular focus on veterans as a source of manufacturing talent.

Participants will walk away with connections to military bases, educational institutions, and organizations that are helping to assess, train, and place veterans. In addition, the forum will help companies understand the common skill needs and priorities across manufacturers in the capital region and programs that manufacturing associations and organizations are developing to fill the regional needs.


8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome by Host Company Leadership
Dean Washburn Tech, Clark Coco

8:40 a.m.

The Manufacturing Economy, Preparing for Manufacturing Skills, and the Veteran Pipeline
Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute
Amy Thomas, Senior Director, Programs and Development, The Manufacturing Institute

9:15 a.m.

Manufacturers and their Best Practices – Employer Panel
Moderator: Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute
John Buckley – Koch Industries
Jeff Lytle – Florence Manufacturing
Marie Finney – Cargill Protein

9:45 a.m. 


10:00 a.m.

Opportunities to Hire Veterans in Manufacturing
Moderator: Amy Thomas
Fort Riley - Mitch Foley, U.S. Army Transition Service Specialist
Washburn Tech – Clayton Tatro, Washburn University Associate Dean of Instruction
Kansas Board of Regents – Scott Smathers, KS Board of Regents VP of Workforce Development

10:45 a.m.   

Skills Boss Simulator Demonstration
Jason Everett, Amatrol, Regional Sales Manager

11:00 a.m. 

Next Steps and Networking

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Sponsored by Arconic Foundation, Washburn Institute of Technology and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce

Event Location:
Washburn Institute of Technology
5724 SW Huntoon St, Topeka, KS 66604
Conference Center, Building A

Contact Info:
Amy Thomas

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