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The Fortress Academy is Central Pennsylvania’s FIRST and ONLY licensed Academy focused on robotics, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies. The demand for new technical talent has increased at such a rapid rate that traditional educational models have had a hard time adapting.
Our graduates will be ready to dive into any project or team, programming, repairing, and maintaining robots. With more and more companies building and augmenting their work-forces with robotics, the need for the skill sets taught at The Fortress Academy are paramount to our future generations’ success.
The gap in the current job market is huge and continuing to grow. The Fortress Academy can serve as a catalyst for not only local business, but as an opportunity for more minorities, woman and veterans to enter the field of STEM as a career.
The force of technology is changing the landscape of manufacturing. This has generated a skills gap – the gap between the skill that workers have and the ones that they need. As companies move forward to flexible automation, cobots and AI, there is a need for re-skilling of the existing workforce. With the shifting landscape of manufacturing, there is no better time to get and the ones you care about, to learn about conventional manufacturing skills like welding and PLCs coupled with emerging technologies like
cobots and AI.
The Fortress of York, a concept developed by The YMCA of York & York County and The Fortress Initiative, is slated to be an 8,000 square foot facility focused on robotics, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies. It will serve as a hub for education and awareness programs for local residents, with a particular focus on underserved and underrepresented communities.
You can see it, touch it, feel it. Technology surrounds us and the advances of the past decade have begun to catapult innovation at an exponential rate. Technology is affecting every industry. From manufacturing to medical, education to small business, the demand for new skills and a competitive edge is everywhere. Experts predict that in the coming decade over ⅓ of the population may be unemployable. Not unemployed, unemployable. The world is changing…..
The last time the world changed this much and this fast was World War II. During this time it was the small cities and rural areas of the United States that banded together, came up with a plan and leapt into action. They stood up to the overwhelming difficulties before them…..and they came out the other side, as one nation, victorious.
Inspired by a 70 year old plan from World War II entitled “The York Plan”, we at The Fortress believe the time for small communities to band together and lead is once again upon us. In the face of great change our cities and counties stood up to the challenges before us and saved our nation. We did it before, we can do it again.
WE BELIEVE that small cities and rural areas deserve the same opportunities as big cities when it comes to technology and technology training
WE BELIEVE that the changes in technology around robotics, manufacturing and employment present a unique opportunity for these communities to leapfrog into the future
WE BELIEVE in the people of these communities and their capability to adapt to the challenges of the future
WE BELIEVE The Fortress Academy will open a new form of manufacturing job
WE BELIEVE that everyone should have access to technology, regardless of race, socio-economic background or geographic location
WE BELIEVE it is imperative our children be immersed in emerging technology if they are to compete and create the job market of the future.