(Shelby, NC) – The Manufacturing Institute recently selected Cleveland Community College as a charter member of the organization’s “M-List.” The list recognizes higher learning institutions nationwide that offer manufacturing training programs that meet the Institute’s standard of excellence.
To make the exclusive list, schools must train students to meet industry workforce skill standards. They must also offer students the opportunity to earn National Association of Manufacturers-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certifications as a standard part of their manufacturing education programs. In addition, the institution must provide a for-credit pathway to more certifications and other academic credentials. CCC meets all of these requirements.
“By establishing ourselves as a Charter Member of the M-List, CCC represents a place where industry and students can come together. Students can be assured of getting the training and skills industry needs and industry can find the skilled workforce they need,” says CCC Department Chair, Industrial Services, Mitchell Sepaugh.
The Manufacturing Institute is the 501(c)3, non-partisan affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. The Institute, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the leading research, education, workforce and services group supporting U.S. manufacturers.
On its website, the Manufacturing Institute noted that 600,000 jobs in manufacturing in the United States are unfilled today because employers can’t find workers with the right skills. Eighty-two percent of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage in skilled production workers and 75 percent say the skill shortage has negatively impacted their ability to expand.
To help close the growing skills gap, the Manufacturing Institute launched the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. This system of nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials validates both the “book smarts” and the “street smarts” needed to be productive and successful on the job, according to the web site.
For the full list of schools and programs selected for The Manufacturing Institute’s M-List, visit http://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/Skills-Certification/M-List/M-List.aspx. For more information about Cleveland Community College’s manufacturing training and other programs, visit sepaugh.