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We are excited to welcome Kevin Houchin to the MSSC team as our new Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives! Check out his bio below! “Houchin holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University (1990) and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Iowa College of Law (2003). His professional background before joining MSSC…[ Read More → ]

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We are proud to announce a new High School Pre-Apprenticeship Program for manufacturing, which includes 560 hours of “Earn and Learn” On-the-Job Learning over summer semesters during junior and senior year. It is an excellent preparation for the 3,000-hour Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Registered Apprenticeship Program that embeds the MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT). The…[ Read More → ]

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According to Realcleareducation.com article written by Matthew Rooney, the Director of Economic Growth at the George W. Bush Institute and Tiffany Melvin, the President of North American Strategy for Competitiveness, (NASCO),” Expanding training and credentials in communities across North America must be undertaken at the local level by academic institutions, employers and job centers developing curricula together…[ Read More → ]

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We are predicting a banner year for workforce development and CTE, driven by the surge in manufacturing jobs, strengthened economic growth, the growing skills gap, the new tax bill, the rapid expansion of apprenticeships, and major new federal legislation, especially the Higher Education Authorization bill (HR 4508) and reauthorization of the Carl Perkins Act. These…[ Read More → ]

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New this year, the Army is working closely with our organization and the National Association of Manufacturers/Manufacturing Institute and area partners to bring the Certified Production Technician (CPT) training program to soldiers who are transitioning from their military service to civilian status.  Individuals in their six-month transition period will have the opportunity to enroll in…[ Read More → ]

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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 http://www.msscusa.org/2017-standards-request/. 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 → ]