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NH High Technology Council Launches ‘Tech Leaders’: Business Training for the State’s top Techies

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The New Hampshire High Tech Council  (NHHTC) announced today that it is launching a new business education program, Tech Leaders, to provide leadership training to the top technical staff at the State’s leading technology companies. The Council will partner with the Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) School of Business in presenting the novel business program and regularly bring in educators from other institutions and companies to provide a well-rounded program. 

Tech Leaders will provide basic training in essential business disciplines for engineers and technical personnel who are or will be taking on more management responsibility; being asked to collaborate more with their peers in other departments; or moving into management and general business positions within their companies. 

“Through continuous discussion with NHHTC member companies, we’ve identified a gap in available training targeted at engineering and technical professionals who require additional development of core business skills related to finance, marketing, and sales to succeed in their growing job roles,” said Council Chair Tom Daly. “Tech Leaders is an opportunity for New Hampshire businesses to enroll top technical and engineering staff into an intense training program specifically designed to broaden the expertise of the typical knowledge worker.” 

“The program focuses on cross discipline skill development enabling collaboration across all company departments and functions,” Daly continued, “to ensure that those who develop products are able to understand the requirements of the marketplace, to understand the customer through the sales process, and to ensure effective reporting to the company’s finance functions. This type of skill development broadens the scope of knowledge of company operations, enabling greater big-picture thinking, and hopefully, better decision making at all layers, driving company growth.” 

Bill Gillett, dean of the SNHU School of Business, added, “Our faculty is committed to emphasizing applications of theory and knowledge in the real world, with teaching as our first priority.  When the Council approached us about helping with Tech Leaders, it is a natural and logical extension for us.  We are able to leverage our teaching strengths in the classroom and apply them to help local businesses and the State’s economy.”

Tech Leaders classes will include established and emerging leaders that have professional technology-oriented responsibilities within their company or organization.  Applications will be accepted for the 2011-2012 Tech Leaders Program beginning Monday October 3, 2011 and ending Monday October 31, 2011.

The NHHTC Tech Leaders Program will run from December 2011 through June 2012.  The Program begins with an evening Reception in December 2011.  The program includes five all-day sessions which will take place on weekdays at SNHU in Manchester from January through June 2012.   The program days will run from 8 AM – 5 PM.  Links to more information and the registration form will be available on both the NHHTC and SNHU web sites within the next week.  In the interim, they can be requested by e-mailing info@NHHTC.org.  The cost of the five-month program is only $1,200 for individuals employed by NHHTC member companies and $1,500 for non-members.

Manufacturing Industry in NH to Get $19.9 Million Shot-in-the-Arm

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) has been awarded $19.9 million, the largest grant in the System’s history, to develop training programs that will support NH’s advanced manufacturing industry.

The funds will enable the state’s seven community colleges, located in every region of New Hampshire, to develop programs that prepare individuals for skilled employment to meet current and emerging workforce needs in advanced manufacturing in New Hampshire. The programs will focus on displaced workers and other job-seekers by providing training opportunities at multiple professional levels in skills linked to regional employment. 

The CCSNH grant proposal was titled the Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership:  Elevating NH’s Workforce to Meet the High-Tech Skill Demands Of NH’s Rapidly Advancing Manufacturing Sector, or “Ramp-Up.”   “This program is all about bringing high-quality jobs to New Hampshire, ensuring that we have the workforce to fill those jobs, enable business located here to grow, attract new companies, and increase economic activity,” said J. Bonnie Newman, Chancellor of the Community College System.

“Manufacturing is a critical driver of economic growth and employment in our state,” said U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.  “However, as businesses replace traditional manufacturing methods with advanced technology, many job-seekers have been unable to keep up because they lack the specialized skills required.  By arming workers with the tools needed to excel in advanced manufacturing, this award will help New Hampshire workers secure high-paying jobs and help New Hampshire companies hire high-quality employees.”

“With manufacturing as such an important part of New Hampshire’s economy, a key part of our successful economic strategy has been training our workers in advanced skills so they can keep up with changing technology, and our businesses can continue to compete globally. This grant is exciting news for our state, our workers and our businesses. This is a tremendous amount of funding that will allow us to expand our worker training efforts, which will help more companies grow and compete,” Gov. Lynch said. “This is great news for New Hampshire’s economy.”

CCSNH’s efforts will target advanced manufacturing sub-sectors inculding automation and robotics, precision manufacturing, advanced machine tool technology, mechatronics, advanced materials technologies and composites, precision welding, automation and process control, and energy systems for precision manufacturing. 

“This funding comes at a very important time, since students and the college population in New Hampshire have been disadvantaged by state budget cuts and decreased access to education and training opportunities,” said Newman.  “While this grant will not replace state funds that were cut, it will make possible focused efforts in partnership with NH businesses to create educational and career ladders for advanced manufacturing jobs, a key industry here in New Hampshire and in the nation.”

“New Hampshire’s community colleges are uniquely situated to provide these opportunities and work in partnership with employers,” Newman said.  “We have campuses in every region of the state. NH companies already look to the community colleges to train a local workforce in high-need skills like health care and technology.  The community colleges are adept at providing access to students of all ages, backgrounds, and aspirations, and we have already developed strong partnerships that enable students to continue their education to the baccalaureate level and beyond.”  

The CCSNH proposal was developed in close collaboration with over a dozen NH manufacturing companies from across the state. The industry partners provided data on current and future workforce needs, skills gaps of the current workforce and job applicant pool, industry trends, and specific equipment and types of training key to their ability to thrive and compete globally.   Other partners in the application included the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, the NH High Tech Council, the Advanced Manufacturing Education Advisory Council, the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, the NH Department of Labor, NH Employment Security, and the NH Department of Education.

Jim Roche, president of the Business and Industry Association of NH, said, “If we expect to retain and grow companies in New Hampshire’s leading economic sector – advanced manufacturing – we need to ensure alignment between training provided through our educational institutions and the needs of manufacturers and high technology employers. This grant represents a great opportunity to further that goal.”

George Bald, Commissioner of the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, said,  “This grant will have a tremendous impact on the NH workforce, on the quality of jobs that come to the state, and on the strength of the manufacturing industry in New Hampshire.  The close collaboration between the community colleges and our NH employers to identify skill areas and training needs reflects the excellent working relationship that exists in New Hampshire to strengthen our workforce.”

CCSNH applied for the grant through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Act-Community College Career and Training Grant program.

Governor Announces First in Nation Partnership for State’s Manufacturers

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Gov. John Lynch today unveiled a new Web site designed to better connect New Hampshire manufacturers with New Hampshire suppliers and buyers. The Web site is an outgrowth of a suggestion Gov. Lynch received from businesses during his Job Cabinet Roundtables.
Governor John Lynch unveils the partnership between the State of New Hampshire and MFG.com.

Governor John Lynch unveils the partnership between the State of New Hampshire and MFG.com.

The State is partnering with MFG.com, the largest global sourcing marketplace for the manufacturing industry, for this first-of-its- kind partnership. The unveiling took place at Burndy LLC, an electronic components manufacturer in Londonderry. Alan Beck, Burndy LLC Vice President of Application Tooling, made the suggestion for a better way for New Hampshire businesses to connect during the Manchester Jobs Cabinet Roundtable.

Gov. John Lynch joined representatives of several Granite State manufacturing firms and state economic development officials in unveiling the new site.

During Gov. Lynch’s Jobs Cabinet Roundtables last year, the Governor heard from business leaders who said it is a challenge for them to easily identify New Hampshire suppliers. A number of companies expressed a desire to contract with New Hampshire suppliers when at all possible rather than contracting out of state. The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development worked with MFG.com to develop this new Web site.

“We want to make it easier for New Hampshire businesses to support and work with other New Hampshire companies. That will help our businesses grow and create jobs here in the Granite State,” Gov. Lynch said. The more New Hampshire manufacturers can work with other New Hampshire companies, the stronger our economy will be.”

As part of the partnership, local companies registered on a special “New Hampshire only” page on MFG.com, will be able to purchase goods and services from each other, creating a heightened awareness of resources within the state.

MFG.Com Senior Vice President Adam Oaks describes the many services that his company provides to the manufacturing community.

MFG.Com Senior Vice President Adam Oaks describes the many services that his company provides to the manufacturing community.

Adam Oaks, Senior Vice President and General Manager of MFG.com, stated that he believes this new partnership will open new doors for New Hampshire suppliers and buyers to engage in locally-based matchmaking. 

“We are extremely excited to be part of this initiative that essentially enables the local New Hampshire manufacturing community,” he said. “The sourcing portal will effectively promote economic development within New Hampshire through intelligently connecting local manufacturing buyers and suppliers at the exact moment they need each other.”

The link for the specially designed page will be housed on NHEconomy.com, the State’s economic development Web site. Those suppliers who complete a registration for the MFG.com service through the New Hampshire landing page will receive an optimized profile, Atlas listing and projects from all Granite State buyers for $99 a month. Buyers registering via the landing page will have access to the New Hampshire information for free.

“What a wonderful way to stimulate commerce and build new relationships among New Hampshire manufacturers and prospective buyers,” said New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development Director George Bald. “This first-in-the-nation pilot program gives our state an incredible edge as we further develop and strengthen our manufacturing sector.”

“A local supply base can provide a very competitive advantage particularly for developing new product and processes,” added Alan Beck, Burndy LLC Vice President of Application Tooling. Burndy has offered high quality, competitively priced connectors, wiring accessories and installation tooling that have solved connection problems for over 85 years. “The application that the Division of Economic Development and MFG.com have facilitated was created expressly for New Hampshire businesses and is a powerful tool that allows companies to easily find the core competencies that exist locally. This will create healthier businesses and a stronger local economy.”

 “The New Hampshire page is of tremendous value to Granite State manufacturers,” Zenagui Brahim, director of operations for the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) said. “By giving us a new and innovative addition to our toolkit, we have improved the prospects for all engaged in this vital industry.”

A recent New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies report sponsored by the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire High Tech Council noted that Smart Manufacturing/High Technology (SMHT) is the single largest sector of New Hampshire’s economy (19 percent). In 2009 alone, the SMHT sector encompassed 3,700 New Hampshire companies employing almost 80,000 people and paying out $6.4 billion in wages and benefits. Exports from the state’s manufacturers directly support more than 77,000 jobs, compared to about 52,000 jobs in travel and tourism.

The “New Hampshire only” MFG.com page can be accessed at www.mfg.com/nheconomy.

About MFG.com
MFG.com is the largest global sourcing marketplace for the manufacturing industry. MFG.com’s platform enables companies to intelligently connect, source, collaborate and perform due diligence with transparency and intellectual property protection. It supports virtually all manufacturing process and industrial components, is in seven major languages, more than 50 currencies and has more than 200,000 members on five continents. MFG.com is based in Atlanta and has offices in Shanghai and Paris. For more information: www.MFG.com.

High Tech Council Soliciting Applications for Software Awards

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The New Hampshire High Tech Council, through the Software Industry Xchange (SwIX), is very pleased to announce a call for applications for its two award programs recognizing New Hampshire’s “software educator of the year and “software company of the year.”  The winners will be announced at a special awards dinner during Techworld 2010, which is being held on October 14-15 at 72 Pease Blvd. at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth (dinner is on the evening of the 14th).  
techworld_logoThe NHHTC is encouraging organizations to apply for these awards as soon as possible, as the deadline for applicants is October 1. 
TechWorld 2010 is a high-tech summit for all and will showcase the power of NH’s regional “Tec”onomy. The event will connect NH’s technological innovators, leaders, investors and students during a two-day expo that showcases the state’s fertile high-tech environment and celebrates the region’s successful technology companies and individuals.
This unique collaboration between the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce’s eCoast Technology Roundtable and the NH High Technology Council will showcase successful high-tech businesses, innovation and opportunity and provide a unique opportunity for recruiters and job seekers.
The award program has been in existence for several years and was previously managed by the Software Association of NH (SwANH).  In early 2010, SwANH merged with the NHHTC and SwIX became a software working group within the Council.  The awards were redesigned to compliment the current NHHTC awards (Product of the Year / Entrepreneur of the Year) with focus on the software industry with the software company of the year and software educator of the year.
To learn more about the awards, go to www.nhhtc.org.  To learn more about Techworld, go to http://techworld2010.com