The MSSC Headquarters will be closed from December 23-January 1, 2021dec1
A Milestone to Remember 
MSSC is proud to announce that we have now credentialed over 100,000 certificants! What a milestone to kick off 2021! We thank our community of MSSC Centers, Instructors, Site Coordinators, Proctors, and Training Solution Providers in helping so many students use MSSC certifications to start a career pathway in advanced manufacturing and supply chain logistics.

We are also proud to announce that, despite COVID-19 MSSC added 150 new Centers and have authorized 123 Certified Production Technician & 83 Certified Logistics Technician Instructors in 2020 to our infrastructure. Follow this link for a list of these locations and Instructors. With the addition of these, MSSC has over the years built a delivery infrastructure of over 1,800 Centers and 2,749 Instructors and 72 Training Solution Providers in all 50 states.dec2
A Look Back...
As our Headquarters plans for the new year, it is important to take a look back at the new initiatives we have launched and are continuing to develop. Here are a few highlights of 2020:

4.0 Technologies added to the Certified Production Technician (CPT)® Programdec3

This past summer MSSC publicly launched an "Industry 4.0" update of its signature Certified Production Technician (CPT) industry-wide training and certification program.

Based on extensive research with leading industry subject matter experts, MSSC selected a list of nine rapidly emerging, data-intensive, "Industry 4.0" technologies that will profoundly influence manufacturing production processes and quality control: 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), Additive (3D) Manufacturing, Autonomous Robots, Augmented Reality, Data Analytics, Nanomanufacturing, and Advanced Materials. MSSC has embedded these technologies in its 2020 "Industry 4.0" Edition of its National Production Standards.

Our nation is now seeing the emergence of a "mega trend" in American manufacturing towards optimally self-sufficient domestic supply chains. By leveraging a production workforce upskilled to the "4.0" level, this trend will also produce higher levels of productivity, competitiveness and economic growth.
New Certification Program Announced, The Certified Technician-Supply Chain Automation (CT-SCA)dec4

The MSSC CT-SCA program was developed through collaboration with the National Science Foundation-funded National Center for Supply Chain Automation (NCSCA), Material Handling Industry (MHI), Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA), Amatrol, and NOCTI Business Solutions. The aim of this new certification is to prepare technicians who install, operate, support, upgrade, and maintain the automated material handling equipment and systems which support the supply chain.

The CT-SCA is comprised of three prestigious separate Certifications that make up the full MSSC CT-SCA Certification program: Equipment Maintenance, Equipment Repair, and Network Repair.

The centerpiece of this certification program is the "Skill Boss-Logistics (SBL)" training and assessment device. The SBL device is compact and transportable, can fit easily into any training environment, is cost effective, and shows students a variety of situations that they will come across during their career. Built by Amatrol, the SBL draws upon 100 skills from MSSC's list of industry-defined and nationally validated CT-SCA Standards.

To learn more about this new and innovative certification program and the SBL device tune into or request your local MSSC Training Solution Provider recorded webinar with more information, follow this link.
Remote Testing Optiondec5

In response to the COVID crisis, MSSC strengthened its capacity to offer a fully online remote testing solution in partnership with ProctorU that enabled prospective certificants to secure the full suite of MSSC certifications all from the comfort of home.
MSSC's First Virtual Summitdec6

This past August was MSSC's first virtual Summit, "MSSC: Closing the Skills Gap in Texas in the Manufacturing and Logistics Sectors." This Summit was an extraordinary gathering of many of the most prominent business, government and education leaders in Texas. For a copy of the White Paper, click here to download.
Certified Forklift Technician (CFT) North Carolina Summitdec7

At the invitation of the North Carolina Community College System, MSSC presented at a CFT Summit in collaboration with the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA). The purpose of the CFT program is to certify and recognize individuals who demonstrate core competencies involved in the maintenance, service, and repair of forklift vehicles.

Joined by a cross-section of forklift distributors and systems integrators in North Carolina, this Summit also detailed the critical relationship between the North Carolina community colleges and local forklift dealerships.
CPT Students See Increased Wages in Study with National Student Clearinghousedec8

MSSC and the Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers collaborated with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) in a data sharing initiative to document outcomes for MSSC certificants securing the 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 were 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.
A Look Ahead...
The MSSC Headquarters is gearing up for what we see as an innovative and successful 2021 with many new initiatives and campaigns below:

Master Training Centersdec9

MSSC is pleased to announce its selection of Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin as its first State Master Training Center.

Effective on December 14, Gateway will be authorized to offer training to instructors to deliver MSSC's hands-on Certified Production Technician Plus (CPT+) program using the highly innovative "Skill Boss" training and testing device invented by Amatrol, the nation's leading manufacturer of industrial technician training equipment.

In addition to training CPT+ Instructors, this Master Training Center at Gateway will also offer CPT+ training and testing to individuals enrolled in education and training institutions in Wisconsin that do not yet have "Skill Boss" devices. To learn more or place an order contact LAB Midwest at info@labmidwest.com or MSSC at cfeeney@msscusa.org

The next Master Training Center location will be in North Carolina, stay tuned for more details to come!
Launch of the Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Centerdec10

As a strategic partner, MSSC is thrilled to share the official launch of the Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Center, a new Washington DC area think tank that is spearheading a national movement to make career readiness the first priority of American education.

The CCD Center believes in providing ALL learners with high-quality career development services and technologies that will ensure they secure productive employment in their chosen career as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
The Coalition has five pillars:

1. Prioritizing career planning
2. Providing professional career advising
3. Emphasizing applied and work-based learning
4. Providing high-quality career development technology
5. Ensuring accountability

MSSC Chair, Leo Reddy, is serving as a Founder and Chair of the CCD Center.
Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) ® Standards Updatedec11

The prestigious MSSC CLT training and certification program will be receiving an update in the upcoming year. Preparing certificants with the most up to date technical skills for the advanced warehouses and supply chain systems that are rapidly evolving.
Biden Education Plans Strongly Support Industry Credentialsdec12

During the campaign, President Biden issued two detailed education plans. Of special interest to the MSSC Community is that both strongly endorse the expanded use of industry credentials.

Biden Plan for Educators, Students, and Our Future- This 8-page document includes the following language on industry credentials: The Biden Administration will invest in school vocational training and partnerships between high schools, community colleges, and employers. These partnerships will create programs that allow students to earn an industry credential upon high school graduation, a credential that readies them for a good-paying career. 

Biden Plan for Education Beyond High School- The opening two paragraphs of this 11-page document cite the high importance of students earning an industry-recognized credential or degree after high school. This Plan commits to a $50 billion investment in "high-quality" training programs. 

The MSSC Headquarters Team extends its best wishes to the entire MSSC Community for a most Happy Holiday and successful New Year!

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