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84 PCB007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2018 most popular courses. This library is continu- ally growing as additional courses are created regularly. From entry level personnel to execu- tives, IPC EDGE users are provided with knowl- edge that will support learning goals that ap- plied directly to their work. This includes prep- aration for CIS (Certified IPC Specialist) certifi- cation, the most recognized IPC certification in the electronics industry. IPC EDGE courses instruct on topics such as: Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), Control for Electronics Assembly, Introduction to Hand Soldering, FOD Prevention in Electronics As- sembly, Surface Mount Solder Joint Quality Standards, Counterfeit Components, and Com- ponent Identification, among many others. Ne w courses are in development to provide the knowledge and skills needed to prepare the next generation of workers for success in the electronics industry and close today's skill gap. PCB007 References 1. U.S. third-quarter economic growth fast- est in three years, Reuters, Nov. 29, 2017. 2. Current U.S. economic recovery may end up as longest ever, MarketWatch, July 19, 2016. 3. The pace of growth in the global economy is unlikely to be sustained, The Economist, December 13, 2017. 4. The Skills Gap in the U.S. Manufacturing, 2015 and Beyond, Deloitte Manufacturing In- stitute. 5. IPC Pulse Survey Reveals Bullish Outlook for Equipment and PCB Manufacturers, Octo- ber 26, 2017. 6. IPCs U.S. Skills Gap Study Reveals Skills and Qualifications in Short Supply, April 27, 2017. 7. 115 th Congress/Senate Bill S.1352 – Ap- prenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2017. 8. H.R. 5587–Strengthening Career and Tech- nical Education for the 21 st Century Act. 9. One World, One Industry: Three Ways to Close the Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing. 10. IPC to Launch STEM Outreach Program at IPC APEX EXPO 2018. 11. STEM Education Coalition. 12. IPC EDGE. John Mitchell is president and CEO of IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries. To read past columns or to contact Mitchell, click here. The growing complexity of space opera- tions, coupled with an increased need for time- ly decisions, demands innovative approaches to help battle management command and control (BMC2) technologies. To help ensure future U.S. technological and strategic superiority, DARPA's Hallmark program seeks to develop revolution - ary tools and technologies to plan, assess, and e xecute U.S. military opera- tions in space. The pr ogram has com- pleted initial research and a warded Phase 1 contracts to 11 organizations, which both augment existing com - DARPA's Hallmark Seeks to Revolutionize U.S. Space Enterprise Command and Control mercial technologies and pursue entirely new capabilities. Hallmark has released a Broad Agency Announcement seeking additional tech - nologies for potential inclusion. "Twenty-first-century space BMC2 must en- able commanders to quickly understand and handle situations by optimizing delivery and presentation of crucial information aimed at making decisions, and then provide flexible options for effective, timely response," said Lt. Col. Jeremy Raley, program manager in DAR - PA's Tactical Technology Of- fice (TTO).

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