MSSC COVID-19 Response- Remote Training & Assessments for StudentsApril1

The MSSC team has been working diligently with each of our 2600 MSSC-trained instructors and 1700 Assessment Centers across the nation to provide detailed guidance on how to implement MSSC's fully online training and remote testing solutions for students in response to COVID-19 and temporary facility closures. See guidance below:

Online Testing: After May 15th, MSSC's Authorized Assessment Centers can place orders for their test takers to take assessments from their own home or remote location on their personal computers through the remote proctoring service, ProctorU.

Instructor Training: All MSSC Instructor Training Online Packages can be accessed from home by Instructors. MSSC has just sent guidance to all of its instructors on how to work with students online to mentor them through the fully online MSSC courses.

Online Courses: Students can access all MSSC online e-learning training courses from home while still being under the direct virtual supervision of their Instructor.

For more detailed information on these options, please contact Catherine Feeney, Senior Marketing Manager, MSSC cfeeney@msscusa.org and visit our website https://www.msscusa.org/covid-19/
CPT Students See Increased Wages in Study with National Student ClearinghouseApril2

MSSC and the Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers have collaborated with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) in a data sharing initiative to document outcomes for MSSC certificants securing MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT). The NSC is the nation's leading provider of educational reporting, data exchange, verification, and research services on student outcomes.

The NSC analyzed MSSC outcome data of multiple thousands of certificants over the six-year period of 2014-2019. We are pleased to report that NSC findings authoritatively document significant wage growth for CPT certificants: students who earn the MSSC Safety Certificate start earning about $20K the first year and progressively increase their wages with each additional CPT Certificate for Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, and Maintenance Awareness resulting in an earning potential within five years of close to $45,000/yr for those passing all four, which is needed for a full CPT Certification.
Community News
Welcome to our new MSSC Assessment Centers & Authorized Instructors!april3

Preparing the future advanced manufacturing & supply chain workforce all starts with our network of MSSC Authorized Assessment Centers & Instructors across the nation. Each month new facilities from high schools, community & technical colleges, correctional facilities, workforce development boards, and so many more are joining our growing community. We would like to give a big WELCOME to the MSSC Assessment Centers that have joined our organization and Instructors who have earned our certifications in the month of April!

MSSC Assessment Centers

  • Crater High School- Central Point, OR
  • Eagle Point High School- Eagle Point, OR
  • Grants Pass High School- Grants Pass, OR
  • Phoenix High School- Phoenix, OR
  • Prospect High School- Prospect, OR
  • Rogue River High School- Rogue River, OR
  • White Bear Lake Schools- White Bear Lake, MN

MSSC Authorized Instructors

  • Bryan Bartlett- ReadyToWork, TX
  • Leigh Waters- Northwest-Shoals Community College, AL
  • Ronnie Richmond- Central Louisiana Technical Community College, LA
  • Tim Hill- Washington County Technical High School, MD
  • Kimberly Winn-Ozment- Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern, TN
  • Maurice Anderson- Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, IL
  • Kyle Fulton- Career & Technology Education Centers, OH
Policy & Trends
Governors' Top Education Priorities in 2020 State of the State Addressesapril4

Education Commission of the States has tracked and analyzed State of the State addresses to identify emerging trends and priorities around education-specific issues. This year's analysis captures addresses from 43 governors, the majority of whom mentioned priorities in workforce development or CTE. See the full report via this link.
Future of Work: Ten Key Trends for the Next 10 Yearsapril5

The future of work would be born out of the present landscape at work - an amalgamation of the need to change, the desire for speed and the demand for augmented experiences. WorkforceGPS lists the ten key trends that organizations should prepare for.

1. Learning to Learn, Unlearn and Relearn
2. Driving Employee Experience
3. Talent Mobility v/s Stagnation and Complacency
4. The Evolution of Leadership
5. Faster, Better, Simpler HR Technology
6. Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication
7. From Wellness to Happiness at Work
8. The Rise of "Superjobs"
9. A Treasure Trove of Data
10. Winning with Diversity
COVID-19 Information
US Department of Education Provides Coronavirus Resourcesapril6

The US Department of Education added a page to its website with Coronavirus resources and updates for K-14 and higher education institutions. You can access this information at https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus

The page will be continually updated by the Department of Education.
US Department of Labor Publishes Guidance april7

The U.S. Department of Labor published another round of guidance to its growing questions and answers list, which includes additional information on the small business hardship exemption (questions 58 and 59).
NAM Offers COVID-19 Resourcesapril8

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Institute continue to closely monitor the situation and have developed a list of COVID-19 resources available on the NAM website. Additionally, the NAM is in contact with federal officials who are overseeing the response to COVID-19 and will work to share additional information as it becomes available.
NAWB Advocates Legislation to Address Economic Impact of COVID-19april9

In addition to sharing resources, best practices and links to solutions, the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) has contacted key leadership in the House and Senate to move quickly on additional legislation to ensure that Americans can speedily return to work, address unemployment and return economic strength. 

NAWB urges Congress to appropriate additional $5.47 billion for WIOA funding. MSSC has sent a letter of support for NAWB's actions. Information on the legislative Call to Action and other resources can be found at www.nawb.org
Advance CTE and ACTE Write Letter with CTE Priorities for Next Stimulus april10

Advance CTE and ACTE, wrote an impressive, comprehensive letter to Congress outlining CTE needs that should be addressed in any additional Coronavirus legislation. The letter details the priority areas that need new investments, including: distance learning; digital and physical infrastructure; professional development; equity and access and work-based learning. A copy of the letter can be found here.
$2.2 trillion CARES Act Includes Education and Workorce Developmentapril11

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, (H.R.748) is a $2.2 trillion package that provides economic relief and resources in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) including for education and workforce development programs. Measures in the bill for those programs are the following:
  • $30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund for states, school districts and institutions of higher education for costs related to Coronavirus. This includes:
    • $13.5 billion for elementary and secondary education formula-grants for states;
    • $3 billion for Governors to allocate in an emergency capacity to state education agencies most affected; and
    • $14.25 for higher education emergency relief for postsecondary institutions to defray costs that they have incurred or will incur as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Authority for the Secretary of Education to provide waivers from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, except civil rights laws, that are necessary in response to Coronavirus;
  • Temporary relief for federal student loan borrowers to defer payments, principal and interest for 6 months. This also gives flexibility to students with federal student loans that dropped out of school as a result of Coronavirus;
  • Allows postsecondary students at institutions that closed because of Coronavirus to discount that semester toward their lifetime Pell eligibility; 
  • Continues federal work study payments to students who are no longer able to work as a result of closures;
  • Flexibility for local workforce boards to use Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds for administrative costs (such as digital resources); 
  • $360 million for the Department of Labor to invest in programs to support training and services for dislocated workers, seniors, migrant farmworkers and homeless veterans; and
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to provide unemployment insurance for those who would not typically be covered, but cannot work as a result of Coronavirus
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