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MSSC's Leo Reddy speaking at TCC Event

Job Wanted: TCC Uses Grant to Develop Workforce Training Program

Tulsa Community College (TCC)  will use a $2.5 million Department of Labor Grant over the next four years to help produce the workforce for tomorrow.  The first step in that process began July 22 and July 23 by gathering industry experts and local employers to discuss the state of the workforce and needs of employers.


The workforce summit was titled Demand Driven Training for the 21st Century; Building Oklahoma's Talent Pipeline.  Tulsa Community College is partnering with Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, Workforce Tulsa, Tulsa Regional Chamber and NASCO.


For more information on event, click here.




MSSC Partners with HCC to Meet Workforce Needs of Houston Employers

"This partnership is a historically significant event for HCC

and the Houston Community," remarked Acting Chancellor Byas.  "The Greater Houston Partnership lists Houston as the number one manufacturing city in the country.  Through this partnership, Houston's manufacturing industries will have direct input in the kind of training they need for their employees. HCC and MSSC working together will develop the programs needed to certify the workforce, giving local businesses the skilled employee pool they need."


"MSSC is delighted to work with Houston Community College to provide industry-recognized, national certifications to meet the workforce skill needs in the dynamic, rapidly growing Houston area for both manufacturing and logistics (M&L)," said Mr. Reddy, who co-signed the HCC-MSSC Partnership Agreement with Acting Chancellor Jennifer Byas on July 24. "The closely integrated industries of M&L, together represent one-third of the heavily industrialized Texas economy, well above the national average of 27%."


Click here to listen to Leo Reddy radio interview on MSSC/HCC partnership.


Ger Skills To Work  

71% Success Rate For Ohio Vets With MSSC-Certified Certificate


The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's (MSSC) industry-recognized, nationally portable certifications are creating real opportunities for veterans to get the skills they need to access in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs.


Cincinnati State has just reported that 71 percent of those who secured MSSC's Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification thus far have found jobs within 60 days of graduation or have enrolled in college to pursue further studies. More than two dozen veterans have found employment, including some who saw their starting pay increase by $2.00 an hour for having the CPT credential.


For this pilot, Cincinnati State has tapped into its network of relationships to enlist the support of approximately 30 manufacturers throughout the region. Four employers have hired multiple graduates of the Get Skills to Work program.


"MSSC is proud to play a key role in getting vets into high-wage/high-benefits manufacturing jobs," said Leo Reddy, CEO of MSSC. "By augmenting the skills veterans developed in the military with the CPT credential, we are pleased that our contribution continues to strengthen the manufacturing workforce pipeline in OH, which is now the second highest-ranked state in adopting MSSC credentials." 

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Free training available for manufacturing
jobs in Louisville

Douglas H. Baker, a machine operator at Universal Woods in Jeffersontown, was in the first Certified Production Technician class offered at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center.

"I've been using the personal skills in the 'Safety' section to help train other employees at my station, and I've been looking at the production processes in the plant," Baker said. "It makes more sense now."  Baker has been recommending the course to his coworkers as a "good standard training" in manufacturing. He said that being a Certified Production Technician will be helpful in future manufacturing work.  Graduates also receive nine college credit hours through JCTC.

To read full article, click here.


 Ben E. Keith Workers Receive Training in Logistics Skills and Life Lessons


Houston Community College recently teamed up with Ben E. Keith Foods, the eighth largest institutional foodservice distributor in the nation, to train nearly 100 distribution workers. The training was held at the new 475,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Missouri City, TX. After completing the program, students were able to attain the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) Certification, which is for individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of material handling.


For more details on the training and its impact, click here.



Alcoa Inc and Ivy Tech Connect with Veterans
Alcoa Foundation, Ivy Tech Community College and The Manufacturing Institute announced a new accelerated training program for veterans wanting to enter the advanced manufacturing industry. The MSSC Certification Preparation training is the first in Indiana to be part of the Get Skills to Work initiative, a nationwide program led by manufacturers including Alcoa, GE, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. 

"Alcoa is proud to be partnering with Ivy Tech Community College and The Manufacturing Institute as part of the Get Skills to Work coalition," Jim Beck, the communications and public affairs manager at Alcoa Warrick Operations and the Alcoa Foundation's representative at the facility near Evansville. "There are many great initiatives out there for veterans. The more we coordinate our efforts, the more successful we will be."
The MSSC Certification Preparation training for veterans will begin on September 9. It was developed with the input and support of manufacturers and will lead to the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and the Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification, an industry credential by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).
Manufacturing and Logistics Matters

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Cites Skills Gap as the Major Barrier to U.S. Global Leadership in Manufacturing


The most recent BCG report titled, "The U.S. as One of the Developed World's Lowest-Cost Manufacturers," explains why changes in U.S. production costs for manufacturers have resulted in increased in American competitiveness.  High labor productivity, rapid technological progress and declining energy costs have made the U.S. the world's lowest-cost country for manufacturers.  American competitiveness on the global market can only be solidified by reinforcing the dried-up talent pipeline and addressing the growing skills - gap.


Re-shoring could create between 600,000 and 1.2 million direct factory jobs, with another 1.9 million to 3.5 million created indirectly in related services such as retail, transportation and logistics.  Without aggressive steps, serious shortages could develop as aging workers in key trades retire and as labor demand increases because of ramped-up manufacturing.


To read the full report, click here.

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Editor's Note

Hiring Our Heros

Join us Friday, October 4, 2013 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm for a special Hiring Our Heroes

event in conjunction with National MFG Day where Veteran job seekers, active duty military
members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses will have the opportunity to
meet and interview manufacturers who have jobs


For More Information on this event, click here. 

Instructor's Corner
Randall S
Randall Saathoff
MSSC CPT - Master Trainer

 By working as a subject matter expert with MSSC I have seen the organization go from the planning stages to what is today.  As a Master Trainer for MSSC, I train instructors to deliver MSSC training material to students. This blended learning approach to training engages the student, which prepares them to pass the MSSC CPT assessments.  The MSSC CPT Certifications provide foundational skills and knowledge to work in today's high performance manufacturing.  As a certified automobile nut and enthusiast, I was involved in the auto industry for over 30 years as an Internal Training Consultant with General Motors where I did course design and development.  I also worked in quality control as a Quality Coordinator and Internal Auditor; it is in those roles that became an expert in ISO-9000 Quality Standards.  As a Journeyman Tool and Die Maker, I gained extensive knowledge of tooling and manufacturing processes throughout the industry.  



Gerald Lemons
MSSC CLT Instructor
Navarro College
Army Lieutenant Colonel Gerald (Jerry) Lemons served honorably in the United States Military for over 24 years and is currently serving in the Texas Military Forces as a Civil Affairs Regiment Commander.  He completed overseas tours in Vietnam, Germany and temporary duty assignments in England, Cyprus and Lebanon.  He has received numerous military awards & decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Medal, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for Heroism.  
Jerry also served two terms as a City Councilmen for Glenn Heights, TX and have a Bachelors Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Masters Degree in Procurement Management from Webster University and an Education Specialist Degree (S,ED) from the University of Kentucky.