Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tom Reed (R-NY), along with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), have introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution to recognize the first Friday in October as “Manufacturing Day.” Celebrating Manufacturing Day annually recognizes the industry for its contribution to the U.S. economy, raises awareness for important investment and career…[ Read More → ]

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MSSC is pleased to announce the 2017 edition of its national Production Standards, the substantive foundation of the MSSC’s nationwide Certified Production Technician (CPT©) training and certification system.  To download the full 23-page standards document without charge, please go to the “Standards” section under the “About Us” Menu at With the current resurgence of manufacturing in…[ Read More → ]

According to Yellow Hammer News, “in a push to be “a leader in the automotive industry,” Gov. Kay Ivey has announced that Alabama will be the first state to roll out nationally recognized manufacturing credentials at every community college.” “We are once again proving Alabama is a leader in the automotive industry by offering these…[ Read More → ]

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Marvin Lear, who was in the Certified Production Technician training class held in East Spencer exactly one year ago, was nominated by Centralina Workforce Development for a North Carolina Governor’s NCWorks Award of Distinction and he was selected! Marvin will be presented this award for “demonstrating exceptional achievement to attain career-related goals. Here is a…[ Read More → ]

Robert Kaplan, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, keynoted a North American workforce conference in Dallas on September 30-31 hosted by the North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) and the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD).  Mr. Kaplan cited his July 2017 Assessment of Current Economic Conditions and Implications for U.S. Monetary…[ Read More → ]

Recently, reported that two years after the act was passed into law, the second plan submission window for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) came this week for states. In 2015, ESSA was passed as a reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), updating the act to give more state and…[ Read More → ]

Industry Week editors recently asked Mr. Reddy for his personal views, as a national thought leader and strategist, on “the future of manufacturing.” In his September article, published by IW on its “Manufacturing Day” site, Leo argues that just as “Manufacturing 4.0” is the current vision of a manufacturing sector that represents a fourth Industrial Revolution, the…[ Read More → ]

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Happy Manufacturing Day! We received so many amazing submissions for our MSSC Authorized Assessment Center of the Year Contest. This year we have selected Bossier Parish Community College! See their story below, congratulations! “As an MSSC Authorized Assessment Center, Bossier Parish Community College’s Testing Center is pleased to deliver MSSC assessments to students enrolled in the Technology,…[ Read More → ]

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Given their increasing use of industry certifications to upskill the American workforce, both federal and state agencies are requiring more rigorous accountability data to justify their support for individual certifications.  The government sources cited below reinforce MSSC’s leadership in three key accountability metrics:  wage impact, job placement and quality assurance. These sources further strengthen the…[ Read More → ]

On June 22 at the National Skills USA Competition in Louisville, MSSC CEO Leo Reddy and Amatrol President Paul Perkins announced and demonstrated a new hands-on Certified Production Technician Plus (CPT+) Skill Boss program.  This “MSSC Community Alert” provides more detail on the structure and implementation of this program. Description: The centerpiece of this new…[ Read More → ]