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MSSC and ACT Work Together To Help Displaced Workers Find New Jobs

Click Here, for Martin Scaglioni's, President of Workforce Development ACT, article about MSSC credentials validating workplace skills in Ohio.  This fall, watch for an upcoming MSSC/ACT report on the benefits of using stackable credentials.



Military Pilot Expands to Include United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves

The US Air Force and MSSC have partnered to deliver CPT and CLT assessments to 200 service members in military occupations that align with each respective credential.  This project builds upon the successful pilot projects with both the Army and Navy completed this summer.  MSSC is proud to continue its work with the Department of Defense and all branches of the service to help active duty service members, reservists and veterans obtain industry credentials that assist them in finding employment upon separation from the military.


Around The MSSC Community

Harper College: Advanced Manufacturing Professional Education Pathway

. . . there are 80,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs in Illinois. To help fill that gap, Harper College in partnership with 54 companies created a new program that will allow high school students, veterans and seasoned workers to gain certification in industry endorsed skills, in less than a year, followed by a paid internship at one of the 54 companies.  To continue reading, click here.


Governor Brownback Signs Career and Technical Education Bill 

The Kansas Legislature passed the state budget bill, Senate Bill 155, which supports Governor Sam Brownback's Road Map for Kansas to improve education by increasing the percentage of students who are career and college ready upon high school graduationFor full story, click here



Trident Technical College To Receive 2012 National Association of Development Organizations(NADO) Innovation Award

NADO and its members promote regional strategies, partnerships and solutions to strengthen the economic competitiveness and quality of life across America's local communities.  Each year, NADO recognizes those organizations that demonstrate innovative approaches to regional economic and community development with this national award.  To read about the award-winning collaborative effort between Trident Technical College and South Carolina Works that utlized MSSC CPT, please click here


Manufacturing Matters

Department Of Labor Announces 2nd Round of TAACCCT

Last week the Department of Labor (DOL) announced $500 million in grant awards for the second round of funding under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative.  Over $175 million went to manufacturing training programs emphasizing the critical need to build skills in the industry.  Several projects also specifically included the NAM-endorsed Skills Certification System of which MSSC is a founding member.  To learn more and view specific awards, see the DOL press release:



NCSCTE Survey   

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is partnering with the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education (NCSTE) funded by the National Science Foundation to conduct a survey that ultimately will help address some of workforce challenges of the goods movement and distribution firms. The purpose of the survey is to understand employer needs of supply chain technicians (i.e. staff who installs, operates, supports upgrades or maintains the software, hardware or material handling equipment) as well as job functions, in-demand skills and education requirements for these employees. It will only take you 5-7 minutes to complete. Your input into this study is valuable and appreciated.

NOTE: This survey is intended for either those who provide material handling technologies to distribution centers or those who manage distribution center staff that work with these technologies. If you are not one of the two, please forward this survey to the relevant person in your organization.

Click here to start the survey:

MHIA forecasts growth of 8.0% to 9.0% for 2012 and 6.0% in 2013 with continued growth in 2014

Material handling equipment orders grew an estimated 24.2% in 2011 and are forecasted to grow 8.0% to 9.0% in 2012 and 6.0% in 2013, according to the latest Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing Forecast (MHEM) released by Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA).

"Consumers' and Investors' confidence is best characterized as uncertain; unemployment, industrial production activity and factory operating rates (utilization) are improving modestly," said Hal Vandiver, MHIA executive consultant. "All are favorably impacting MHEM; but, do not indicate robust growth. Residential and non-residential construction, if forecasts hold, will contribute greatly to positive growth 2014 and beyond. We have extended the forecast of 2012 to 2013; and in 2014, indicated the expectation for a slower pace compared to our last forecast."   Download the complete forcast

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Editor's Note
 Tom Barnes, HR Manager for ThyssenKrupp Bilstein, explains the value of MSSC CPT to ThyssenKrupp Bilstein.

"Bilstein was one of the early advocates of the MSSC CPT certification because these candidates are familiar with key manufacturing concepts like safety and quality before they walk through our door.  That allows them to be more productive sooner than individuals who do not have the CPT.  Our confidence in the CPT certification is such that we offer a premium starting wage for new employees who have that certification. I encourage all manufacturers to learn about the MSSC CPT and consider how it might reduce your recruiting and turnover costs."



Diagnostic Tool for Employers

MSSC offers a "Diagnostic Tool" enabling a company to benchmark its production workforce against national averages on the Key Work Activities within each of MSSC's standards-based assessments. Due to legal requirements to protect the scores of individual workers, MSSC prepares this report based on 10 or more workers per modular assessment.


This tool is an authoritative, independent reference point for a company to determine the strengths and weaknesses of its workforce in the core competencies of production and logistics and to set training priorities.


For more information please contact Neil Reddy at 703-739-9000 

Featured Article
"Manufactuing jobs boom is for real"

President Obama last week promised a boom in manufacturing and 1 million new jobs if he is reelected. But is the boom for real? For high-paying, skilled manufacturing jobs, it just might be.   The number of job openings for skilled factory workers has increased 38% since 2005, according to numbers from the Conference Board that measure labor demand across industries.To Read full article, click here.