Why should I attend?

Join Catalyst Connection and The Consortium for Public Education for a professional learning experience called Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy! During this unique experience you will learn how the manufacturing industry is using emerging Industry 4.0 technologies to revolutionize the way they manufacture, improve and distribute their products. After attending this experience you will know how you can take the knowledge you gained back into your classroom to expose today’s learners of these high-demand and high-paying career pathways. 

What to expect during the experience:

  • Learn about a variety of emerging technologies and create a plan of action for taking the knowledge into your classroom and district.
  • Join a peer network community of fellow educators for collaboration opportunities both short-term and long-term.
  • Network with resource providers, partner organizations, and manufacturing industry representatives.

Attend the academy with another teacher from your district to cross collaborate (this is not a requirement, but we highly recommend!). 

Read about the Summer 2023 Academy Cohort in this blog.


Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Penn State New Kensington Future Readiness Conference includes information about emerging technologies, industry panels, and tons of resources
    Loction: Regional Learning Alliance
    Date/Time: October 12, 13, and 14, 2023
    Register here

  • Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy General Session
    Aimed at educators who were not apart of the Summer 2023 Cohort
    Location: Pittsburgh Technical College
    Date/Time: November 2nd, 2023; 8:00am – 3:00pm
    Register here


  • Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy Hands-On Robotics Session
    Aimed at educators who were apart of the Summer 2023 Cohort
    Location: BotsIQ Training Center
    Date/Time: December 7, 2023; 8:00am – 3:00pm


PLEASE NOTE: The Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy Summer 2023 cohort has concluded. We hope to offer this again in summer of 2024. Please check back!

What is Industry 4.0?

Past Professional Development Opportunities 

Summer 2023 Industry 4.0 Academy (3-Day Experience)

  • Day 1 – August 1st; 8:00am -3:00pm
    Mill 19 – 4501 Lytle St, Pittsburgh, PA 15207
  • Day 2 – August 8th; 8:00am -3:00pm
    Robert Morris University – 6001 University Blvd, Moon Twp, PA 15108
  • Day 3 – August 15th; 8:00am -3:00pm
    Digital Foundry – 855 5th Ave, New Kensington, PA 15068

Frequently Asked Questions

What subject area teachers should attend these trainings?

While technology education teachers may seem to have the best alignment, this training is beneficial for teachers from a wide array of subject areas! Including, but not limited to English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Business, etc. as Industry 4.0 is multifaceted.

I am a school administrator (ie: principal, curriculum coordinator, guidance counselor, etc.) am I able to attend?

Yes, of course! We would just encourage you to bring a teacher with you from your district.

How will I know if I am selected for this training?

The training is first come first serve. We only have 30 spots available. We will notify once registration has been received.

Do I have to attend all 3 days to receive my stipend and Act 48 hours?

Yes, you must attend all 3 full days to receive both.

How will I receive my stipend for this training?

Teachers will be required to submit a W-9 form. Checks will mailed to teachers after the third training day within 30 days.

Is lunch provided?

Yes, lunch will be provided at each training day.

Will I be reimbursed for mileage?

No, the teacher stipend can be utilized for that expense.

Is parking free at each location?

There are free parking options at each location. More details will be sent out regarding each location after registration.

What is being offered after these three days of training?

We hope to continue to engage with this first cohort. Including two half-day follow-up sessions in the Fall. The follow up days will be determined by the group the summer.

I am not able to attend these dates, but will this be offered again?

It is our intent to offer it again. This is dependent on funding and teacher feedback from this first cohort. If you would like to be on a waiting list for a future offering please contact Hannah. hkusenko@catalystconnection.org

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