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Ashley Furniture

Partners with
Gateway Technical College
preparing students for new-age careers

A Collaborative Partnership
Last month, leaders from industry and education met at Ashley Furniture’s Advanced Technology Maker
Center in Arcadia, Wisconsin, to continue the development of opportunities for students and adults to
acquire Industry 4.0 skillsets that lead to high-demand careers.
Last year, Ashley unveiled it’s $3 million Mobile Skills Laboratory (MSL) in partnership with the Trempealeau
Valley Cooperative 2.0 which consists of Arcadia, Blair-Taylor, Independence, and Whitehall school districts.
Through the MSL, students and educators are learning career and technical skills that include automation,
robotics, programmable logic control, mechanical drives and much more. Ashley is providing these same
courses for current employees in their new training center, the Advanced Technology Maker Center (ATMC).
Gateway Technical College, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is one of the leading institutions in the education of
Industry 4.0. The college has partnered with Ashley and recognizes the four courses available in the MSL
and ATMC: Intro to Mechatronics, Industrial Control Systems, Industrial Robotics and Industrial Internet
of Things. Through these courses, students will receive an accredited “Introductory to Industry 4.0”
certification through the college. The completion of the four-course certification will save students over
$1,000 in tuition costs and provides the opportunity for individuals to begin working towards an associate
degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology through Gateway. As employers are continuously seeking
a highly skilled workforce, this initiative will allow students to enter the workforce at a much faster rate.


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