Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Nominated for Talented Workforce Initiative

By The Associated Press | Posted - Apr 8th, 2014 @ 6:31am



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Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Nominated for Talented

Workforce Initiative

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Manufacturing Skill

Standards Council (MSSC) is one of the four national programs

nominated for the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council's Talented

Workforce Initiative. The Talented Workforce Initiative was created

to identify the most imaginative and effective solutions for building

the region's pool of manufacturing talent.

"We are honored to have received a Talented Workforce Initiative

nomination. The U.S. has begun to experience a manufacturing

resurgence with both U.S. and foreign multinational production

facilities returning to our shores-and manufacturing jobs increasing.

In order to ensure that this trend continues, we must increase

opportunities to prepare individuals with the higher skills needed by

industry," said Leo Reddy, CEO of MSSC. "MSSC Credentials 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 competitiveness."

Manufacturing makes the Great Lakes trading area home to the world's

fourth largest economy, with a combined annual output of nearly $6

trillion. The goal of the Council's far-ranging outreach is to share

the best ideas and approaches for resolving a critical workforce

shortage issue that threatens nearly all manufacturers and communities

in the bi-national Great Lakes economy

The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council nominated thirty programs

throughout the bi-national Great Lakes region for recognition as

benchmarks for its Talented Workforce Initiative. Nominees include

programs in seven states and two Canadian provinces, as well as four

US and Canadian national programs.

Nominees will be recognized on June 12 in Detroit at The Big M event

celebrating the resurgence of manufacturing, and four will be

presented with top awards.

About the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council: The Great Lakes

Manufacturing Council is a bi-national organization dedicated to the

success of manufacturing in the Great Lakes Region. Membership in the

Council is open to all who share that goal. The Council covers the

provinces of Quebec and Ontario, and the states of New York,

Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and

Minnesota. It is organized as a 501(c)3 non-profit and includes

manufacturing organizations, chambers of commerce, economic

development organizations, government agencies, colleges and

universities.

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 1100 authorized

instructors and 592 test sites, mostly at community colleges and high

schools. To date, MSSC has issued over 53,000 credentials.

Visit www.msscusa.org

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