Preview of New Hands-on MSSC Logistics Certification Scheduled March 9-12, Atlanta, GA Jan1

At the MODEX trade show organized by the Material Handling Industry (MHI) in Atlanta with some 1000 industry exhibitors, Amatrol and MSSC will preview a MSSC training and certification system under development called Certified Technician in Supply Chain Automation (CT-SCA).

This is a higher-skilled, higher-wage technician who installs, operates and maintains the automated material handling equipment and systems in the nation's e-commerce distribution and fulfillment centers. Amatrol will demo the first prototype of a "Skill Boss-Logistics" device for the three hands-on MSSC CT-SCA Certifications.

Visit this preview and demo at the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) booth at MODEX or contact Catherine Feeney, Senior Marketing Manager, MSSC at for details.
NCSCA Symposium- March 9-12, Atlanta, GA Jan2
On Monday, March 9, Neil Reddy, MSSC CEO, and Paul Perkins, President of Amatrol, Inc., will introduce the hands-on CT-SCA Skill Boss Logistics program during the National Center for Supply Chain Automation 3rd  Annual Symposium. The presentation will be held at the Atlanta Regional Commission, 229 Peachtree St. #100, Atlanta, GA.

To register and learn more, follow this link.
MSSC Certified Forklift Technician (CFT) Summit March 3, Raleigh, NC Jan3

At the invitation of the North Carolina Community College System, MSSC will present at a CFT Summit in collaboration with the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA). The purpose will be to define all the elements of this comprehensive, standards-based training and certification program. 

Joined by a cross-section of forklift distributors and systems integrators in NC, the Summit will also detail the critical relationship between the NC community colleges, who will be responsible for CFT's academic education and the hands-on training and assessments that will be conducted at the dealerships.

Contact Catherine Feeney, Senior Marketing Manager, MSSC for details.
Second Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Summit a Solid Success Jan4

The sold-out, January 8 second CCD Summit at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown DC demonstrated the growing support for CCD's vision of making career readiness for ALL students the first priority of American education. Prominent speakers from The Business Roundtable, The Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers, IBM, JP Morgan, the Business Council for New York State, the National Governors Association, and Western Governors Association underlined the continued strong industry and gubernatorial support for CCD's vision and goals. Follow this link to view the "Career Readiness for All" White Paper.
Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career Technical Education at the U.S. Department of Education provided the Trump Administration perspective. On the Congressional front, Congressmen Langevin (D-RI) and Thompson (R-PA) briefed on their new bill, "Counseling for Career Choice Act," which aligns closely with CCD goals.
CCD Recognizes Pace Industries, CEO, Scott Bull Jan5

At the CCD Summit, MSSC Chair Leo Reddy, who serves as Co-Chair, CCD Founders Council, presented a CCD Recognition Award to his fellow Co-Chair, Scott Bull, CEO of Pace Industries. Scott has played a key leadership role in the funding, development, and political support for CCD.  

When Scott led a public unveiling of the CCD White Paper at the Capitol Visitors Center in April 2019, Virginia Foxx (R-NC) Ranking Minority, House Education and Labor Committee, and Steve Womack (R-AR), Ranking Minority of House Budget Committee, attended to express their support. A celebrity CEO in the South, Mr. Bull served as quarterback of the AR Razorbacks and the San Francisco 49ers in the 1970s.    
Community News
Updates from the MSSC Senior Advisors! Jan6

Did you know that MSSC has Senior Advisors in KY, TX, AL, TN, & OH who also work in surrounding states? To ring in the new year, our staff here at the MSSC Headquarters thought it would be best for our community to become reacquainted.

Follow this link to view in her own words, LeeSa Page, Sr. Advisor- Kentucky, report on the successes of MSSC credentials in her state!
Policy & Trends
Manufacturers Ramp Up Spending on Workforce Training Jan7

A new Manufacturing Institute survey finds that nearly 80% of manufacturers are ramping up their workforce training, with the sector spending an estimated $26.2 billion in 2019 on training programs for both new and existing employees. 69.9% of firms reported that they were either creating or expanding internal training programs, and 84.6% reported job-related technical training. 63.1% reported offering tuition assistance.
Strada-Lumina Report Finds Non-Degree Credentials Have High Value for U.S. Adults Jan8

C ertified Value: When do Adults Without Degrees Benefit from Earning Certificates and Certifications finds that sub-baccalaureate certificates and certifications provide substantial value in both employment and personal satisfaction for American adults without college degrees. The full report can be found via this link.
Education and Workforce Year in Review Jan9

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has published a review of Federal legislative activity in 2019, including funding, Perkins implementation, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, Administration activities and thoughts on activities in 2020. The full report can be accessed by following this link.
Trends that Shaped Higher Education in 2019 Jan10

Skills mapping, guided pathways and employer partnerships drew interest as colleges took a harder look at attracting and retaining students. Some institutions, particularly community colleges, are partnering with technology-centric employers to design curriculum tailored to workforce needs. Click here for more information.
Shrinking share of adults thinks college is 'important' Jan11

Data recently report by Gallup shows about half of U.S. adults (51%) think having a college education is "very important." The results indicate the public view has diminished in recent years. In 2013, 70% of respondents to a similar survey said college was "very important," though a bigger share of respondents in 2019 said college was "fairly" important (36%) than did in 2013 (23%). The full report can be accessed  via this link.
Grants & Important Dates Jan12

National Defense Education Program (NDEP) for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education, Outreach, and Workforce Initiative Programs, Fiscal Year 202
  • Due Date: February 24, 2020
  • Funding Opportunity Number: HQ0034-20-S-FO01
For more information, follow this link.

National Science Foundation: "Advanced Technological Education" Proposals 
  • Due Date: October 1, 2020 
  • Funding Opportunity Number:18-571
  • Eligible Organizations: Unrestricted
With an emphasis on two-year Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.
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