Release of CCD White Paper April1

The Coalition for Career Development (CCD) (MSSC was a driving force in creating the CCD and Leo Reddy is co-chair of the Founders Council) released its White Paper on  Career Readiness For All at a briefing at the nation's Capitol on April 3.

The event included remarks endorsing the paper and its vision that career readiness is the first priority of American education from Rep. Virginia Foxx, ranking member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and Steve Womack, ranking member of the House Budget Committee. The briefing also included endorsements from speakers representing MSSC, NGA, CCSSO, NAWB and NCDA.
The White Paper and the media release can be downloaded from the CCD website at
MSSC to Preview Certified Automation Technician (CAT) April2
MSSC Chair, Leo Reddy, and Amatrol, President, Paul Perkins, will lead a workshop in Chicago on April 8 to give a progress report on a new "CAT" education and certification program. The workshop will take place as part of a Symposium in Chicago organized by the NSF-supported National Center for Supply Chain Automation. MSSC is developing this in collaboration with the National Center, Material Handling Industry and Amatrol.  
MSSC Prison Programs Align with President Trump's GoalsApril3

In his State of the Union address, President Trump reiterated his support for criminal justice reform, citing the First Step Act that "will give inmates a second chance." MSSC's rapidly growing programs in 32 federal and state prisons offer a national model for providing pre-release populations with nationally portable industry certifications. These programs are seeing recidivism rates as low as 12% vs. national average of 77%, putting these individuals on a career pathway with strong wage growth opportunities. For an example, see item below on MSSC's work at the Madison, IN correctional facility. 
Community News
Neil Reddy, CEO, MSSC presents at Madison Correctional Facility Women's Graduation CeremonyApril4

MSSC CEO, Neil Reddy, had the honor to speak at a graduation ceremony at the Madison Correctional Facility in Madison, IN for the dedicated and hard-working women who have earned our Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification.

Through a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College- Madison Campus, 30 women have earned the CPT certification through this program. Neil shed light on the current state of the workforce and what the women with these advanced skill sets can make in terms of wages upon release, "You're learning how to program, maintain and operate those machines for an average $16.50 hourly wage. "It's not uncommon to start between $12-$14 and be making $18-$20 per hour by the third year."

See more about the inspirational words from the graduates as they share how the certification has affected their lives from an article in the Herald Tribune, follow this link to read more.

J efferson State Community College offering MSSC Certification Program to prepare workforce for new Amazon Fulfillment Center April5

With the delay in the construction of the new Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, AL comes an opportunity for future employees to earn our nationally portable, industry recognized credentials per the news report on WBRC Channel 6.

"We understand the demand is here in our area, but what we're lacking is the qualified trained candidates," said Dr. Tamara Payne, Director of Career and Learning Services at Jefferson State Community College.  "[The delay] gives them time to prepare themselves for the jobs when the jobs are open," Payne said.
For the television news report, click the link .
HCC and the US Department of Labor Join Forces for Manufacturing ApprenticeshipsApril6

In mid March MSSC Center, Houston Community College (HCC) held a signing ceremony with the United States Department of Labor -Office of Apprenticeship. This influential event made HCC's Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence a registered apprenticeship center.

By working directly with employers, the center creates a qualified workforce with HCC students. "With a state-of-the-art campus, highly qualified faculty and accreditation from industry-recognized bodies, such as the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Houston Community College is the perfect partner to serve local employers to create a talent pipeline and up skill incumbent workers," says Interim Dean Ritu Raju. For more information, follow this link.

Pictured Left to Right- Dr. John Hansen & Dr. Pretta VanDible Stallworth,  HCC Board Trustees Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, HCC Board Chair James Carnes, US Department of Labor - Office of Apprenticeship;  Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D, P.E., HCC Chancellor;  Dr. Madeline Burrillo- Hopkins, President of HCC Southwest
Local schools receive grant for 'career pathway' from Appalachian Regional CommissionApril7
Exciting news released by the Appalachian Regional Commission on local schools receiving grant funds to create career pathways with the opportunity to earn MSSC Credentials!

The partnership features Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center, Mid-East Career and Technology Centers, Ohio Valley Educational Service Center, West Muskingum Local Schools, Crooksville Exempted Village Schools, Noble Local Schools and Cambridge City Schools.

This group's goal is to create a manufacturing pathway within high school course offerings to provide at least 120 local high school students with the opportunity to earn the nationally recognized Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician credential and work-based learning experience in the manufacturing field.  Click the link to read more.
Policy & Trends
Higher Education Bills Introduced in Senate April8

Two bills  introduced in the Senate will help working students advance in their careers. The  JOBS Act is a bi-partisan bill that makes Pell grants available to hard-working Americans who want to pursue quality short-term training programs. 

The  College Transparency Act  arms students, policymakers, and businesses with data they need on industries on the rise, the skills needed to land a job, and institutions and programs that will help them reach their career goals. Together, these bills give students, parents, employers, and policymakers peace of mind when it comes to ensuring access and quality of post-secondary programs. To learn more follow the link.
Survey reveals employers want soft skillsApril9

A survey finds 80% of hiring managers say soft skills, such as the ability to collaborate with a team, think critically and attend to details, are vital to getting hired, writes Nadine El-Bawab. A candidate can exhibit some of these skills during an interview by how they treat support staff, speak of past colleagues and show up on time. Click here for additional information on this survey.
White House Releases Proposal for Higher Education ReformApril10

On March 18, the Trump administration released  its Principles For Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), led by Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President. The administration seeks to "increase access to affordable, flexible, and innovative post-secondary education and skills attainment." Eight (8) goals are outlined in the proposal.   Click the link for more information on the proposal.
Education Commission of the States Report on Education PrioritiesApril11

Each year, the Education Commission of the States' policy team tracks and analyzes governors' State of the State addresses and, to date, every governor who has given their 2019 address has mentioned an accomplishment or a proposal related to education. A signature report,  Governors' Top Education Priorities in 2019 State of the State Addresses  identifies the top six education priorities and includes state highlights for each issue area.  Click here for the full report. 
More than Twice As Many States Counting Career Readiness than in 2014April12

A new report from Advance CTE, Achieve, Education Strategy Group and the Council of Chief State School Officers through the New Skills for Youth initiative examines state and federal accountability systems to see how states are measuring college and career readiness. The report, called Making Career Readiness Count 3.0  finds that the number of states with career readiness metrics in their systems has more than doubled from 17 in 2014 to 40 in 2019.  Follow this link for the full report.
136,000 Manufacturing Jobs Reshored in 2018April13

Preliminary results from the Reshoring Initiative database show more than 136,000 new manufacturing jobs announced in 2018 as a result of reshoring and FDI (foreign direct investment) - second highest only to 2017. The full report will be available soon at
Grant Funding ResourcesApril14

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