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Providing a Common Language for Industrial Workforce Education: MSSC

Releases 2014 Edition of Industry Skill Standards

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The national

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is pleased to announce

the release of its 2014 National Work Standards for Production and

Logistics. The industry-led, non-profit MSSC is the national

authority on defining industry-wide core technical competencies needed

by frontline workers in advanced manufacturing and logistics.

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"We believe that the use of a common language between industry and

education will offer a more efficient and cost-effective way of

preparing individuals with the higher skills needed by industry," said

MSSC Chairman and CEO, Leo Reddy. "MSSC standards help produce agile

knowledge workers-the Industrial Athletes of the Future-with the

stronger, cross-cutting foundational skills needed to help companies

achieve greater productivity, innovation and global economic


The detailed MSSC Work Standards provide the industry definitions,

organizational taxonomy, syntax and nomenclature to describe the

critical work functions, key activities and performance indicators for

manufacturing and logistics. These standards enable industry, state

agencies, community colleges and high schools to more effectively

harmonize their curricula and credentialing programs, creating much

higher levels of coherence, portability and economies of scale.

Specifically, these organizations should use the MSSC Work Standards

in two ways. First, use the standards as the starting point for

defining industry skill requirements to make the process for defining

needs far more efficient. It also reassures companies, most of which

operate within a national or global environment, that they are

leveraging the authoritative national skills platform defined by


Second, schools should embed the subject matter of the standards into

for-credit courses at both the secondary and postsecondary levels and

build credit articulation agreements between high schools and

community colleges. MSSC has produced state-of-the-art online

curriculum that schools can easily incorporate into new or existing

programs. This enables students to work toward an industry

certification as well as a high school diploma or associate's degree.

MSSC's Work Standards are distributed nationally to leading companies,

community colleges, high schools, government agencies, unions and

foundations involved with workforce skills education and training.

These standards provide effectively a national, industry-defined

"common language" for these stakeholders to use in preparing

individuals for higher skilled entry-level work for the nation's 12

million frontline production and closely related material

handling-distribution occupations.

"The current U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance is the main force leading

the nation out of the Great Recession and is characterized by a growth

in both manufacturing and logistics jobs," said Reddy. "These

standards provide the perfect foundation for training programs at the

local, regional and national level to prepare people for these

high-demand, well-paying jobs."

To access the MSSC Work Standards, Click here


About MSSC: The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is the

nation's leading industry-led, standards, training, assessment and

certification organization focused on the industry-wide core technical

competencies needed by the nation's front-line production and material

handling workers. The federal National Skill Standards Board (NSSB)

officially recognized MSSC in 1998 as the "Voluntary Partnership" for

Manufacturing under the bipartisan National Skill Standards Act of

1994. MSSC issues the Certified Production Technician (CPT) and

Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certifications. They are the

only credentials accredited by the American National Standards

Institute (ANSI) under ISO Standard 17024 for both manufacturing and

logistics. MSSC delivers its training materials and assessments

through a nationwide infrastructure of over 1000 authorized

instructors and 580 test sites, mostly at community colleges and high

schools. To date, MSSC has issued over 52,000 credentials. Visit

CONTACT: Tina Driessen (703) 739-9000 x2223 Email

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