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2018 Infrastructure OutlookJan20
Continued Nationwide Growth:

2018 marked another year of continued growth of MSSC's Delivery Infrastructure: 

1. Raised total number of MSSC-trained instructors in 49 states to 2,308 by training 177 new instructors. 

2. Raised total number of MSSC-authorized assessment centers to 1,504 by training 172 new centers.

While 2-year community and technical colleges remain the backbone of MSSC's service delivery, our growing delivery in centers serving diverse populations was striking, especially in military bases and correctional facilities:
  • Community & technical colleges- 573
  • Secondary: High Schools, Secondary School Districts, Tech HS, Vocational Schools- 417
  • Company-based- 162
  • Career centers/workforce investment boards- 21
  • Private training centers- 97
  • Military bases- 64
  • State and federal prisons and correctional facilities- 30
  • Associations/Unions- 24
  • Job Corps Centers- 16
Credentials Outlook:

To date, MSSC has delivered 197,000 assessments and awarded 144,000 credentials to 89,000 individuals.

State Rankings : 

The top 10 MSSC user states (in order) are: 
  • Indiana
  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin
  • Texas
  • Illinois
  • California
  • North Carolina
  • Kentucky
Policy & Trends
Rethinking CTE Jan21

The Office of Career Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the US Department of Education held a summit with a wide array of stakeholders (business, association, foundation, policy, state and local education leaders) to explore ways to build more effective collaboration with State and Local education agencies in "rethinking" CTE through the development of each State's Perkins V Plan. Over 125 stakeholders engaged in robust dialogue around the future of CTE and the questions that must be asked during the planning process. OCTAE will be hosting a series of topical webinars for state CTE directors and stakeholders throughout 2019. Materials from the Summit can be found  via this link.

Technology leaders in Integrated Supply Chain industries - manufacturing, logistics, food service, hospitality & retail - increasingly rely on disruptive technologies like Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and IoT to accelerate their businesses. They're investing to improve things like personalization and communication, and see a time when artificial intelligence will play a critical role in their business. These industries and others are adopting 10 leading disruptive technologies expected to generate trillions in economic value in the decade ahead.  Download the report here.

Across America, manufacturing companies in desperate need of skilled labor are turning to a previously untapped pool -- high school students. The quickly growing trend is especially prevalent in Midwestern states where, though manufacturing is strong, companies are struggling to hire enough workers to maintain production levels. A report released this year by the Manufacturing Institute estimates 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled in the next decade. The most difficult to fill are skilled jobs -- digital positions and advanced production. Because of technological advancements in the industry, many of these positions require different kinds of training than traditional manufacturing.  Follow this link to read more.

A study using recently released Current Population Survey microdata to estimate the earnings premium associated with professional certification and licenses finds that full-time manufacturing workers with a certification or license earn close to $200 more in median weekly earnings compared to those without. The author also finds that workers with no high school or college education receive a relatively larger increase in weekly earnings, compared to those with more advanced degrees.  Download the report here.

In the January 2, 2019 Wall Street Journal, Irving Wladawsky-Berger reflects on the World Bank's report, The Changing Nature of Work. For over 200 years, workers have worried about advancements in automation which may be seen as threatening their jobs. Accelerating in recent years, it has left many in the workforce unprepared to continue in their occupations. Citing the need for workers to be prepared over their work career to be able to adapt to the new skill requirements, the World Bank, recommends governments address three key areas; invest in human capital, enhance social protections and coverages, and upgrade taxation systems.  Download the World Bank report here.
Read the full blog post by Wladawsky-Berger  via this link.

Grant Funding ResourcesJan26

Career and Technical Education:

Community NewsJan27
Meet Mark Stevens- Veteran & CPT Certified Student

What better way to kick off the Community News section in 2019 than with a video produced by MSSC Center, Alabama Community College System, highlighting veteran and CPT Certified student, Mark Stevens.

Mark returned home with a skill set that was difficult to transition into a civilian career. As a result, Mark enrolled in evening welding classes at the Marshall Technical School in partnership with Snead State Community College.

In less than a year, Mark gained the skills needed and employment as a welder for a local company. Upon completion of his program, Mark will earn multiple certifications, including the Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification. Click the video to hear his story!

Mark Stevens

New MSSC Centers

As mentioned in the introduction we want to take a moment to highlight the schools and facilities who have joined us as MSSC Centers in the past year. We look forward to your continued partnership!

4th Sustainment Brigade
Adult Pathways
Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee - AMP
Aiken High School
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition
American College Consortium
Anderson Career Center
Arkansas Tech University- Ozark Campus
Armwood High School
Army Education Center
Arthur M. Brazier Foundation
Asheboro City Schools
Bay District Schools
Belleview High School
Benteler Automotive
Bergen Community College
Berkeley County School District
Bevill State Community College - Fayette Campus &  Hamilton Campus
Bradford Special School
Camp Humphreys Education Center
Cane Bag High School
Caroline Career & Technology Center
Catalyst Connection
Central Louisiana Technical Community College
Central Texas College
Chautauqua Lake Central School District
Chicago Center for Arts and Technology
Cincinnati Public Schools
Citrus County School District
Clarksville Community School Corporation
Coastal Alabama Community College - Atmore,  Brewton &  Fairhope Campus
College of Western Idaho
Colorado Mesa University
Columbia High School
CoorsTek - Locations in CT,  TX,  AR,  CO,  OR,  NH,  TN,  OK,  CA, &  MA
Crawford County High School
Cross High School
Dawn Career Institute
Dayton Regional STEM School
Dona Ana Community College-NMSU
DuPage County WDD
East Chicago Central High School
Enterprise State Community College
First Coast High School
Forward Service Corporation
Fred G Acosta Job Corps
Gadsden State Community College - Ayers &  Gadsden Campus
George Stone Technical Center
Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast
Goose Creek High School
Goshen High School
Grace Community Education
Hampshire Unit School
Harding University High School
Henry County High School
Holmes High School
Houston Community College Southwest
Hughes STEM High School
Hunter Huss High School
Indian Trails Career Cooperative
Ingram State Technical College
Ivy Tech Community College - Valparaiso
Jamestown City School District
Jay M. Robinson High School
Jefferson College
Jimtown High School
JM Equipment
Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Education Center
Keystone Heights Jr/Sr High School
Kingsport City School-Dobyns Bennett HS
Lake Weir High School
Madison Comprehensive High School
ManageAssist, Inc.
Manatee High School
Manchester Jr/Sr High School
Mansfield City Schools
McDowell Education Center
McDowell Tech Community College
Medina County Career Center
Merced County Office of Education
Mercedes Benz U.S. International
Metropolitan Community College - Omaha
Mid-America Technology Center
Middlesex County College
Middletown Area High School
Missouri Army National Guard
Mohawk College Enterprise
New Albany High School
North Florida Technical College
North Montgomery High School
Northeast State - RCAM
Northridge High School
Oakland City University - Westville Correctional
Oakland High School
Okaloosa Aerospace Academy
Olympic High School
Opportunity Stanislaus
Orange County High School
Oshkosh Area School District
Peachtree Ridge High School
Peshtigo School District
Philip Simmons High School
Pike County Career Technology Center
Pikes Peak Workforce Development
Piqua City Schools
PRIDE Industries- PRIDE Ascend
R.F. Sink Memorial Library
Randolph Central School
Red Bird Resources, Inc.
Rio Grande Community College
Rogue Community College
Rush Oak Park Hospital
Rutherford County Correctional Work Center
Shelby County Division of Corrections
Sidney City Schools
Sinclair Community College
South Louisiana Community College - Lafayette
Southern Maine Women's Re-Entry Center
Southern VA Higher Education
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Southwest Virginia Community College
South-Western City Schools
Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board
St. Johns River State College
Stratford High School
Tampa Bay Academy of Hope
Tennessee College of Applied Tech - Jackson &  Crump Campus
The Excel Center - Clarksville &  Noblesville
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Timberland High School
Toledo Public Schools
Traders Point Christian High School
Tri-County Career Center
Tri-Rivers Career Center
Troy City Schools
Twin Lakes High School
Umpqua Community College
UMUC Fort Gordon
UMUC National Testing Center at Fort Bliss
UMUC NTC Unit 3221
University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
Vanguard Sentinel CTC
Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations
Wallace State CC - Oneonta Campus
Wapahani High School
Warren County Schools
West Port High School
Wiesbaden Ed Center/NTC
Wilkes Community College
Williamsburg High School
Wilson Workforce & Rehab Center
Wood Memorial HS/East Gibson School Corporation
Woodward Career Technical High School
Yakima Valley College

For a list of all MSSC Centers visit the locations map on our website, click here.
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