June 13, 2014
During the commencement ceremonies last month at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, the first group of students graduating from NCMC’s MoManufacturingWINs programs walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.
The graduation ceremony marked the end of the first academic year of NCMC’s MoManufacturingWINs program which offers short-term, accelerated, and flexible coursework in Industrial Maintenance Skills and Manufacturing Skills. The first group of students in the Welding Skills certificate program started their training earlier this month.
As part of the MoManufacturingWINs one-semester programs, students have the opportunity to earn a number of industry-based credentials which are embedded in the program curriculum. An example of one certification organization is the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). The nationwide MSSC system, based upon industry defined and federally endorsed standards, offers students and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate they have acquired the skills needed for jobs and careers in today’s manufacturing environment.
“Credentials such as those from MSSC demonstrate to potential employers not only knowledge of specific technical skills but also the individual’s determination and desire to achieve certain industry standards,” noted Stan Scott, NCMC Industrial Technology and lead MoManufacturingWINs instructor.
Karen Zorn of Kingston, Missouri was NCMC’s first MoManufacturingWINs student to earn the full Certified Production Technician (CPT) designation from MSSC. She successfully completed four college courses and passed four national MSSC certification assessments. Not only was Karen the first CPT recipient, she was the first female to enroll in any of the MoManufacturingWINs programs at NCMC.
MoManufacturingWINs is a statewide training network led by the Missouri Community College Association that is creating opportunities for Missourians to obtain the training they need to work in modern manufacturing shops. A nine-member consortium of public two-year colleges is collaborating to implement a rigorous certification training model endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers.
This program at NCMC provides tuition-free training for eligible participants. Interested persons should contact Sue Quinn at 660-359-3948 ext. 1359 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Attached photo: MoManufacturingWINs student Karen Zorn, center, receives her Certified Production Technician certificate from Stan Scott, Lead MoManufacturingWINs Instructor (left), and Sue Quinn, MoManufacturingWINs Recruiter and Retention specialist (right).