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College Credit for MSSC Modules!

Neil Reddy, Executive Director of Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) recently announced that the Certified Production Technician (CPT) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) Modules received college credit recommendations from the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS). A total of eighteen semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category were recommended.  Click here for more information.



The Get Skills to Work Coalition To Train Veterans For Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing 

In October, the Manufacturing Institute joined GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa and other business, digital, academic and not-for-profit partners to launch a new coalition that aims to train military veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing, bolster the talent pipeline and enhance American competitiveness. 


The skills included in MSSC's Certified Production Technician (CPT) credentials cover priority technical skills in production that are in immediate high demand for manufacturing jobs.  MSSC is working with the Institute to incorporate these skills into the Right Skills Now accelerated training model, which will be used by the Get Skills Work Coalition to train veterans. For full press release, click here.


Process vs. Product: Greener Manufacturing 

The 2012 Center on WI Strategy (COWS) report, "Greener Reality: Jobs, Skills and Equity In A Cleaner U.S. Economy", highlights how MSSC led industry efforts to codify skills certification with the updated and greened up competency model.  To read more about MSSC's efforts click here.


Around The MSSC Community

WI Workforce Development Recommendations Support Stackable Credentials and Cite "Certificate Holder" Wages


Of special interest to the MSSC community is a section under "Education Solutions" that contains a detailed discussion of "Stackable Credentials."  Noting that employers cannot wait for adults to go through months and years of basic academic education before they get to job specific training, the report cites a recent Georgetown University study that quantifies what certificates and degrees are worth to workers.  Effectively defining a new "certificate holder" tier, the Georgetown study states as follows:


"On average, certificate holders earn $34,946 per year, or 20% more than workers with only high school diplomas.  Associate degree holders earn $42,088 per year on average.  Someone with a bachelor's degree earns an average of $53,400 per year." The study concludes that "certificate programs are an efficient option for high school graduates with average and below average grades."

North Carolina Back-To-Work Program 

NC Back-to-Work is a retraining program to prepare North Carolinians facing long-term unemployment for new careers. This program will provide students with job training, employability skills, and industry recognized third-party credentials.


The NC Community Colleges System Office and the Department of Commerce will jointly recommend to the State Board of Community Colleges up to 10 colleges to implement the NC Back-to-Work program.  



Manufacturing Matters

American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act

In September, by a strong bipartisan vote of 339-77, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5865, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2012.


The bill would direct the President to submit to Congress and publish on a public website a strategy to promote growth, sustainability, and competitiveness in the nation's manufacturing sector.  It would also establish an American Manufacturing Competitiveness Board.


Last year, AAM Executive Director Scott Paul testified in support of a manufacturing strategy before a Joint Economic Committee Hearing.  Click here to read his testimony, "Manufacturing in the USA: Why We Need a National Manufacturing Strategy?"



 Career and Technical Education Key to Landing Middle-Class Jobs   

A recent report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce states that middle-class jobs are abundant for those with CTE degrees.


The report reveals that there are currently 29 million "middle jobs," or jobs requiring a two-year degree or less, in the United States that pay middle-class wages between $35,000 and $75,000 annually. Such jobs include certified nursing assistants, occupational therapists, licensed practical nurses, paralegals, refrigeration technicians, and more.


Click here to view the report.


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Editor's Note

MSSC is proud to join with Mr. Nou Vang and congratulate 22 students from Bradley Tech (WI) that have recently earned their MSSC Safety Certification.


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Ivy Tech - Columbus Region
Public/Private Partnership

Ivy Tech Community College consists of 14 operating regions across the state of Indiana. Within each Ivy Tech region, the Corporate College division offers specialized, credential-based workforce training to companies and to those that seek skill upgrades through their own investment or in partnership with WorkOne centers.


Executive Director Teresa Begley leads Ivy Tech Corporate College, Columbus Region and since 2007, the Columbus Region has been the leader within the Ivy Tech system in administering MSSC CPT Assessments and in awarding MSSC CPT certifications to both non-incumbent and incumbent workers.


In early 2012 a partnership with the Cummins - Seymour Engine Plant (SEP) developed to train and assess incumbent Cummins associates.  This partnership developed from Cummins SEP desire to create an agile workforce with the core skills and knowledge to keep pace with technological change in the global manufacturing market.   Cummins associates who have completed the MSSC CPT certification have an increased understanding of Cummins SEP's business definition of quality, safety, and production.  This increased knowledge has led Cummins to establish special assignment positions for those whom have become MSSC CPT certified.  


Cummins SEP has made becoming MSSC CPT certified a development opportunity for its associates, with the goal of 85% of their production associates MSSC CPT certified by 2013.