Original Press Release
The Manufacturing Institute, Act and The National Institute for Metalworking Skills Releases Right Skills Now for Manufacturing in Minnesota
Press release date: October 27, 2011
Accelerated education program will give participants college credit toward degrees, industry credentials, and direct links to employment in in-demand careers
WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, - Today, The Manufacturing Institute will officially launch a new, fast-track education and training program, built on the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System and designed to both accelerate unemployed and transitioning workers' return to work and meet the high demand for workers in precision machining jobs in manufacturing.
The launch will be announced at an event at Productivity, Inc. in Plymouth, MN, in conjunction with Minnesota Manufacturers Week. The Manufacturing Institute and ACT will join members of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, the leadership of Dunwoody College of Technology and South Central College, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development, and manufacturing executives from Minnesota to present the initiative. National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons, Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, and Senator Amy Klobuchar will also participate in the event to emphasize the critical importance of workforce training in order to create jobs in the manufacturing sector.
"Access to a highly skilled and educated workforce is the most important factor in a manufacturer's ability to innovate, compete globally, and create jobs," said Emily DeRocco, president, The Manufacturing Institute. "Recent studies reveal that there are as many as 600,000 jobs unfilled in manufacturing today because of a lack of qualified workers with the right skills, particularly in skilled production. Right Skills Now is an accelerated education solution that will train and deliver just-in-time talent to manufacturers so they can sustain and expand operations."
Minnesota is the first state in the nation to implement this accelerated path built on the Manufacturing Skills Certification System endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. Right Skills Now allows individuals to earn college credit and national industry certifications in 16 weeks, preparing them for immediate employment in high-quality manufacturing jobs and giving them a solid foundation to advance in higher education and careers. Training partners include ACT, the certifying body for the National Career Readiness Certificate - the foundational credential in the Manufacturing Skills Certification System - and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the certifying body for the series of machining and metalworking credentials.
"This program is really going to align the skills that are needed at companies like mine with what is being taught in the schools today-to fill those positions that are currently open and to help us grow our businesses," said Darlene Miller, president/CEO, Permac Industries in Burnsville, MN.
Right Skills Now is being launched at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis and the South Central Community College campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. Plans to expand the program to other states and to include skills in production and welding are currently underway.
For more information about Right Skills Now, visit www.rightskillsnow.org
About The Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501 (c) 3 affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers. The Institute focuses on developing human capital strategies through education reform and workforce development, conducting applied research to provide critical information to public policy makers on challenges and opportunities for today's industry, and advancing the innovation capacity of manufacturers operating in a global market. Visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org
About the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System is the flagship education initiative of the manufacturing sector, integrating nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials - and their learning standards and content - into high school, community college, and university programs of study to build the nation's technical workforce. For more information, visit: http://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/Education-Workforce/Skills-Certification-System/Skills-Certification-System.aspx