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104 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2022 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE New IPC Excellence in Education Award Presented to Tabbatha Greek, Honeywell Aerospace Interview by Patty Goldman I-CONNECT007 e IPC Excellence in Education Award is given to individuals who have made a signifi- cant contribution and demonstrated leadership in workforce development while building a cul- ture of continuous learning within their organi- zation and across the electronics industry. Tabbatha Greek serves as the Master IPC Trainer for Honeywell Aerospace, where she runs a private IPC Training Center. She has been involved with manufacturing training for more than 15 years. rough her experi- ence, she recognized that the industry needed a better way to bridge the skill-gap in electron- ics manufacturing. Aer discussing the issue with IPC, they began work on an introduc- tory course written specifically for operators. Tabbatha continued collaborating with IPC to address the challenges that trainees face when they are new to the industry. Once IPC had released the new online Electronics Assem- bly Operator course, her team was the first to become certified and provided valuable feed- back for further improvements on the Work- force Development Training series. Patty Goldman: Tabbatha, congratulations on your award. Tabbatha Greek: ank you so much. Goldman: IPC created a new award this year called Excellence in Education, and you are the first recipient, so that's a big deal. What were your thoughts when John Mitchell gave you a call? Greek: His administrative assistant contacted me and said that I needed to have a five-minute call with him. I thought, "Okay, what's going on here?" Goldman: Uh oh. Greek: When John told me about the award, I was stunned. He probably got off the call and thought, "She's not excited about this at all," but it all just seemed surreal. Goldman: I understand. e award is given to individuals who have made a significant contri- bution and demonstrated leadership in work- force development and so forth. What is your involvement with IPC, and how long have you been working on this? Tabbatha Greek

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