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Certification to Degree (C2D)

Mission statement

The world is currently witnessing a significant shift in the engineering design and manufacturing field because of Industry 4.0, which involves the digitization of data, machine learning, new processes, automation, and connected devices. Developing a highly skilled advanced manufacturing workforce serving Industry 4.0 is essential to a defense-focused industrial strategy that requires innovative and bold solutions for complex systems.

In manufacturing, for every job that requires a master’s degree or more, two jobs require a four-year degree, and seven jobs require a one-year certificate or two-year degree. To tackle these challenges, STEM education has broadened its scope beyond the conventional confines of traditional engineering and scientific educational programs. For instance, the Skilled Technical Workforce, which demands a high level of expertise in technical domains but does not mandate a bachelor’s degree, as well as 2-year institutes and community colleges.

Certification to Degree aims to utilize XR technology along with hands-on experience to train the next generation of manufacturing workers. We plan on focusing our certification programs in underrepresented minorities and US veterans.

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Ehsan Dehghan-Niri

Associate Professor

School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks

  • [email protected]
  • 602/543-3463
  • School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus 6075 S. Innovation Way West, room 140
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Kurtis Hohman

Project Manager Research

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