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Implementation update of new hands-on MSSC CPT+ Skill Boss program
As you may recall, on June 22 at the National Skills USA Competition in Louisville, MSSC CEO Leo Reddy and Amatrol President Paul Perkins announced and demonstrated a new hands-on Certified Production Technician Plus (CPT+) Skill Boss program. The August 29th   MSSC Community Alert provides more detail on the structure and implementation of this program.

The centerpiece of this new program is a transformational training device, invented by Amatrol that enables MSSC, for the first time, to offer hands-on training and assessment as an enhancement to its signature CPT training and certification system.  "Skill Boss" is a computer-controlled machine that performs a wide variety of functions aligned with 55+  hands-on skills from the MSSC's national Production Standards.   

IW publishes futuristic article, "Education 4.0" by MSSC CEO, Leo Reddy
Industry  Week (IW) e ditors recently asked
Mr. Reddy for his personal views, as a national thought leader and strategist, on "the future of manufacturing."  

In his September article, published by IW on its "Manufacturing Day" site, Leo argues that just as "Manufacturing 4.0" is the current vision of a manufacturing sector that represents a fourth Industrial Revolution, the education system needs a parallel, employer-driven "4.0" vision of a transformed education sector. "Education 4.0" would define career readiness as its first priority enabled by advanced technologies and the tools of modern management. The benefits to the nation of an efficient, career-centric education system would abound, including sustained labor productivity growth, steep reduction in student debt, closure of the skills gap, and other economic benefits exceeding over $1 trillion annually. 

Please click here for the full article, see  Industry Week Article


Reshoring Initiative survey to identify ways of making U.S. companies more competitive
The Reshoring Initiative has designed a survey to produce data to drive national manufacturing policy. Please share the embedded survey with any local employers that may be interested. 

The results of the survey will help identify how to make the U.S. more competitive and thus increase reshoring. Confidence that manufacturing jobs are returning will increase recruitment for training programs.

Please click here for the  Reshoring Survey.

Dallas Fed CEO urges "Much More" training to close skills gap
Robert Kaplan, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, keynoted a North American workforce conference in Dallas on September 30-31 hosted by the North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) and the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD).  Mr. Kaplan cited his July 2017 Assessment of Current Economic Conditions and Implications for U.S. Monetary Policy , that included a finding that "the skills gap in the U.S. is substantial." 

According to Kaplan, "CEOs report difficulty in hiring workers for middle-class-class-wage jobs," including industrial technicians.  In response, the Dallas Fed chief highlights "the need for the U.S. to do much more to beef up public-private partnerships that focus on skills training to help workers attain the capabilities needed to find employment in the 21 st century economy."  

Please click here for the full  Robert Kaplan Report.

States able to strengthen career readiness under ESSA recently reported that two years after the act was passed into law, the second plan submission window for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) came this week for states. 

In 2015, ESSA was passed as a reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), updating the act to give more state and local autonomy to provide innovation in education. States were required to submit a strategic implementation plan that would increase education standards and accountability for each state. The updated act has a strong alignment with CTE and the Perkins Act, but it is up to the state policy makers to drive career readiness initiatives. Advance CTE has outlined leveraging points for policy makers to use in their states: Vision and Goal Setting, Accountability, Supporting Effective Instruction, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, and 21 st Century Community Learning Centers. Advance CTE has already reviewed and reported on 11 submitted state plans; they plan to review the 39 remaining over the coming months. 

Please click here for Advance CTE's overview and full report on state leveraging opportunities.

New logistics partnership announced with four AL community colleges, MSSC, and Walmart 
At a press conference earlier this month, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R - Ala.) and Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development, Jeff Lynn, announced a new partnership with four of the system's colleges, the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and Walmart's Brundidge, AL distribution and fulfillment center. Please click here for the official  Alabama press release.

"Our work with Walmart and MSSC is a perfect example of how the Alabama Community College System can partner with the business community to help address their need for a workforce with specific skills and training," Lynn said. "It's a win-win, Walmart will have a direct pipeline of highly-skilled, workforce ready applicants and our students will have the competitive edge on obtaining employment upon completion of their certification."

Please click here for the full  Alabama News Article.

MSSC logistics program creates distribution center job pipeline in AL
According to the Dothan Eagle, "four Alabama community colleges are starting a program to give students skills needed to fill in-demand jobs at distribution and fulfillment centers. Thanks to a partnership with Wal-Mart, graduates of the program will have first crack at jobs at the company's Brundidge distribution and fulfillment center."

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Wallace Community College and Enterprise State Community College are starting C ertified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) programs. Courses offered through the programs will help students obtain Manufacturing Skills Standards Council certification, an industry-recognized credential that will improve their employability.

Please click here for the full  Dothan Eagle Article.

Houston CC to host Gulf Coast Manufacturing Conference
At the Gulf Coast Advanced Manufacturing Conference on October 6, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., state and national industry leaders will present digital trends and automation of tomorrow and its impact in workforce development.  

Join Houston Community College (HCC) in this informative conference and learn more about the future of manufacturing and how it may impact you.

Please click here for the Conference Poster and Register now! For more information, please contact Clishe Larke, HCC Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence Office Manager at 713.718.2116 or via email at

DRMA taps into 'alliance' to find workers of the future
More than 2,500 manufacturers in the Dayton region are looking for the right employees.

A new alliance aims to help those companies in that search.
Graduation Alliance, which offers education and career training across the United States, including Montgomery County, has partnered with the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA) to give Dayton-area residents an opportunity to earn the qualifications they need to begin a new career in manufacturing, the DRMA announced earlier this month.

Successful participants are then "guaranteed an interview with a participating employer and, once they receive a job offer, they'll begin working toward the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council's Certified Production Technician certificate," the association said.

Please click here for the full  Dayton Daily News Article.

New safety course will be offered at TCIE in Buffalo, NY this fall
A training program that addresses safety-enhancing manufacturing workplace practices debuts this fall as part of TCIE's professional development schedule of offerings.

The 32-hour course, called Manufacturing Safety , consists of a combination of materials from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Training Program. Participants have the opportunity to earn two nationally recognized and transferrable safety credentials: a Safety Certificate from MSSC and an OSHA 10-hour General Industry card.

Please click here for the full  University of Buffalo News Article.
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