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MSSC shows solid growth in 2017 and bright outlook for 2018
MSSC is 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 trends are also converging with a sense of urgency globally about the skills crisis (see report below from World Economic Forum) and deepening concern among college students about finding career pathways (see Strada-Gallup survey report below). 
MSSC is well positioned to respond to these challenges and opportunities.  MSSC is building on a solid growth year in 2017, with an  overall increase in CPT and CLT assessments of 15%, 18% increase in the number of MSSC certified instructors and  24% increase in number of MSSC testing centersBased on the 2017 edition of its National Production Standards, MSSC is already in the process of updating its course-ware to expand coverage of emerging process technologies.  
In 2018, MSSC will launch a nationwide campaign on behalf our new "hands on" CPT+ Skill Boss program, expand its credentials in the logistics arena, and build on its apprenticeship offerings.  MSSC is also helping to lead a powerful new Coalition for Career Development (CCD) that will enable all students to be far more successful in building individual career pathway plans, while greatly increasing their awareness of the value of high-quality, industry-recognized, nationally portable certifications like those offered by MSSC.  

TWIC set to formally recognize MSSC 2017 Production Standards
The Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) has began the process of formally endorsing MSSC's recently updated 2017 Production Standards. Once approved, the 2017 standards will be set for formal recognition at TWIC's upcoming quarterly meeting in March 2018.  Upon approval by TWIC, per previous practice and agreement with MSSC, the updated standards will be posted in the public domain (as required by TWIC policy guidelines) on the Texas skill standards website. 
For more information, please visit  TWIC Website .  For a free copy of the 2017 MSSC Production Standards, see  


Global talent crisis lies at the heart of skills gap debate
The newly released  2017 Human Capitol Report  from the World Economic Forum f inds, " countries' failure to adequately develop people's talents is underpinning inequality by depriving people of opportunity and access to a broad base of good-quality work.  Investments in education often fail due to inadequate focus on lifelong learning, failure to develop high-skilled opportunities and a mismatch of skills required for entering and succeeding in the labor market. 

"With only 62% of the world's human capital stock fully developed, the United States and Germany are among the best-performing nations in a top 10 dominated by smaller European countries."

New survey reveals crisis of confidence in workforce readiness among college students
Recently, the Gallup and Strada Education Network released findings from the 2017 College Student Survey, a new nationally representative survey of current students examining their perceptions about preparation for the workforce and the career-related support they receive from their institutions.  

Representing the views of more than 32,000 students at 43 randomly selected four-year institutions, the survey reveals a crisis of confidence among most students regarding their readiness to launch careers:
  • Only a third of students believe they will graduate with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the job market (34%) and in the workplace (36%). 
  • Just half (53%) believe their major will lead to a good job. 
Please click here for the full  Gallup-Strada Survey and Report.

Expanding training and credentials is key to N. American dominance  in a global economy
According to 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 to address local economic needs.  Leaders in all three countries can support this work by helping organizations build a common foundation of competencies designed to support career growth and flexible worker deployment."

This is not a theoretical proposal. It is a reality today thanks to North American Strategy for Competitiveness's (NASCO's) North American Workforce Initiative, of which the  George W. Bush Institute  is a member. We have worked together to achieve official recognition in Mexico and Canada of standards developed by the U.S. Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)."
Please click here for the full Real Clear Education article.

Recent report details value credentials have in the job market
On September 13, 2017 the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released, " Adult Training and Education: Results from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016. "

The report details the value credentials such as industry certifications and licenses have in the job market, with data supporting the importance of expanding pathways to middle-skill careers, like access to Pell grants for short-term programs and work-based learning.

Nearly fifty three percent of all jobs are middle skill jobs - those that require these certifications and licenses but not a four-year degree - and yet only forty three percent of all workers are trained at that level. The NCES report offers insight into the importance of supporting access to these non-degree postsecondary certificates for workers to develop the middle-skills businesses need.

Please click here for the full  NSC Report .


Indiana emphasizes high-value certifications for ex-offenders 
In a recent widely distributed and viewed article, the Indiana Department of Correction (INDOC) highlights the new emphasis the Department is placing on high value certification training for those soon to be released for higher-skill, in-demand employment.   MSSC CLA/CLT and CPT certifications are very important components of this effort.  

Please click here for the full INDOC Article .

LSC in MN hires CPT grad as full-time welding instructor
Lake Superior College (LSC) has hired alumnus Matt Farchmin as a full-time unlimited welding instructor for the Business and Industry Division.

He is fluent in a variety of integrated manufacturing techniques and is American Welding Society Certified as a welding inspector and welding educator, as a certified instructor through the Manufacturing Training and Development Institute, and as a Certified Production Technician through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.
From left, front, Teresa Waugh, Greg Strodtman, Alex Clark and Tyler Savage, back, second from left, were presented MSSC certificates by Pace representatives Kenny Sandlin, left, and Marshall Haines at the North Arkansas College Twin Lakes Vo-Tech 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Photo cred-Chandra Huston