Community Update
January 2022
MSSC Updates
Deadline to Apply for EDA’s $500M Good Jobs Challenge Extended to Feb 10th

The deadline to apply for funding through the EDA’s American Rescue Plan $500 million Good Jobs Challenge has been extended to Thursday, February 10th, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. (It was previously set as Wednesday, January 26, 2022.)
The Good Jobs Challenge aims to connect Americans with the training opportunities they need to develop in-demand skills that lead to good jobs and long-term careers that provide good pay, benefits, and growth opportunities. EDA is looking for applicants who can build and strengthen industry-led partnerships that remove barriers to training, particularly for those workers hit hardest by the pandemic, including, women and communities of color.

Institutions interested in partnering with MSSC in responding to the EDA Good Jobs Challenge grant opportunity should contact Catherine Feeney, Senior Director, Marketing, at or at 703-739-9000 x2222.
Amatrol’s Skill Boss Logistics Device Hailed by Indiana as “One of the Coolest Things Made in the State”

Amatrol, MSSC’s partner in developing the Skill Boss devices implemented in our Certified Production Technician+ (CPT+) and Certified Technician-Supply Chain Automation (CT-SCA) programs, is receiving exciting local recognition in their home state of Indiana. The Skill Boss Logistics device, which is the required assessment device for all three of MSSC’s CT-SCA certifications for Equipment Maintenance (CTSCA-EM), Equipment Repair (CTSCA-ER), and Network Repair (CTSCA-NR), has been named a finalist in the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever Coolest Thing Made in Indiana competition.

The Skill Boss Logistics device is an essential tool for training the automated-oriented workforce of the future, and we take great pride in Amatrol obtaining this distinctive recognition by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
Community News
Year In Review

Another year to remember! An important part of when our organization reflects on 2021 is to draw attention to the certificants, instructors, and centers that make our mission possible. Check out our year in review below and we look forward to continue to see our partnerships grow stronger in the upcoming year!

  • 17,568 certificates issued in 2021 
  • 313 new MSSC Authorized Instructors trained and certified in 2021
  • 118 Authorized Assessment Centers added in 2021
  • 134 CPT+ Skill Boss devices added to centers in 2021
Policy & Trends
Over 1 Million Manufacturing Jobs Posted in October

The National Association of Manufacturers-Manufacturing Institute reported that on December 8, 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics posted 1,009,000 job openings in manufacturing in October.
Pell Grants & Short-term Credentialing Programs: Unlocking Careers and Educational Opportunities

ACTE released a new fact sheet on expanding access to high-quality, short-term postsecondary CTE programs. These programs can help individuals earn credentials at an affordable cost and enter the workforce in high-wage, high-demand CTE industries. Advance CTE is advocating reform of Pell grants program, which currently requires 600 hours of study, to make shorter-term non-degree credentialing programs eligible. This would enable millions of individuals to pay for high quality credentials, such as those offered by MSSC. Read more.
U.S. Reshoring Trend Looks to Continue into 2022 and Beyond as Global Supply Chain Faces On-going Troubles

With the Covid-19 pandemic bringing the United States’ dependence on foreign produced materials to the forefront, 2021 saw a massive wave of reshoring across the manufacturing sector, with shortages in labor, materials and transportation being some of the major contributing factors leading to this trend of business turning to more localized means of production instead of global partners. Another situation to closely monitor in the new year is the rising cost of shipping as 2021 saw the highest ship fuel price increase since 2013, with Reuters reporting that “a global shipping crisis looks set to go on delaying goods traffic and fueling inflation well into 2023.

One of the latest production areas to be caught up in America’s supply chain predicament is the stainless-steel market, where mom-and-pop manufacturers are being hit much harder than the large OEMs. Per the Reshoring Initiative, “the longer it takes to improve the supply situation, the more business U.S. machine shops will lose to overseas competitors, reducing future U.S. demand for stainless. Much of the OEM demand will disappear as EVs replace internal combustion engine-driven cars.” You can subscribe to the Reshoring Initiative’s monthly eNewsletter via this link.
Advance CTE Releases Evaluation and Planning Tool

A new resource published by Advance CTE-Pushing the Limits: A Roadmap for Advancing CTE Without Limits-provides a step-by-step guide for state and local CTE leaders to bring together cross-sector teams to conduct an initial policy and practice alignment assessment, identify top areas for action, and develop implementation strategies for one or multiple vision principles. Education and industry leaders are encouraged to consider how some or all of the evaluation components can be incorporated into current and future work, including end-of-year planning, strategic plan design and review, Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment meetings and stakeholder meetings.
ED Announces New Innovation and Research grants

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced $182 million in new grant awards for 30 school districts, institutions of higher education, and other entities to participate in the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. Authorized as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the EIR program is intended to provide funding to create, develop, and otherwise implement evidence-based and innovative approaches to improving student achievement and attainment. The full list of grantees can be found here.
DOE Announces Equity Summit

The U.S. Department of Education announced the Advancing Equity in Career-Connected Education Summit to be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET. The Advancing Equity Summit is an important component of the U.S. Department of Education’s ongoing efforts to implement Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, and will further the goals of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) for all youth and adults to be ready for and have meaningful access to quality college and career pathways. There is no cost to attend the Advancing Equity Summit; registration will remain open until it reaches capacity. For more information and to register for the summit, visit the event website.
Resources & Events
Upcoming Conferences

AACC Workforce Development Institute 2022: Reimagine
January 26-29, 2022
Jacksonville, FL
ACTE: National Policy Seminar 2022
March 21-23, 2022
Location to be determined