Embracing Skills Certification in Southeast Indiana

From a news release, “MSSC Certification – A Win-Win for Manufacturing Employers, Employees“:

COLUMBUS, Ind., March 5 /PRNewswire/ — Several leading Southeast Indiana advanced manufacturing and distribution/logistics companies endorse the nationally recognized workforce credentials from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC – http://www.msscusa.org) for those workers that will be hired as the economy recovers.

These innovative companies recognize they will require a pipeline of highly skilled workers in order to compete globally. They identify the three MSSC nationally recognized certifications as key building blocks in the development of that skilled workforce. Those nationally portable certifications are: the Certified Production Technician (CPT), the Certified Logistics Associate (CLA), and the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT).

Cummins Inc., one of the area’s largest employers, is among the first companies to endorse this training and certification program.

“Cummins greatly values the knowledge and skills acquired by students using the MSSC curriculum,” said Mark Gerstle, Vice President of Corporate Quality and Chief Risk Officer at Cummins Inc. “When recruiting in southern Indiana to fill open production positions, we will actively seek candidates with MSSC CPT certification.”

Other companies embracing the approach are Grote Industries, Arvin Sango, Madison Precision Products and Royer Corp., all in Madison; Dicksons in Seymour; Lowe’s Distribution Center in North Vernon; Aisin USA in Seymour and Aisin Drivetrain in Crothersville. Ivy Tech Community College and several high schools will offer the MSSC training and certification assessment.

MSSC is recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as the foundational cornerstone of its comprehensive National Skills Certification System. Last year the NAM affiliate, the Manufacturing Institute, received a $1.5-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to plan and implement postsecondary education programs that include the Manufacturing Skills Certification System.

So the work is paying off.

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