Community colleges to invest $15 million in modern manufacturing training

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WASHINGTON, Mo. â?? Missouri community colleges will invest $15 million through MOManufacturingWINs, a statewide training network that works to create opportunities for Missourians to get the specialized training needed for a career in modern manufacturing.

Nine of Missouriâ??s public two-year colleges collaborated through the Missouri Community College Association to apply for these federal job training funds. These colleges will work together to implement a certification training model endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers to help students earn industry-recognized credentials to get well-paying jobs upon certification and graduation.

The colleges estimate that MOManufacturingWINs will provide educational opportunities for approximately 3,300 additional Missourians, including unemployed adult learners who are seeking new career opportunities.

The nine colleges that will participate in the statewide consortium are East Central College (Union), Linn State Technical College (Linn), Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City), Mineral Area College (Park Hills), North Central Missouri College (Trenton), Ozarks Technical Community College (Springfield), State Fair Community College (Sedalia), St. Charles Community College and St. Louis Community College.

With the opportunity to acquire additional skill certifications like the National Career Readiness Certificate, this approach aims to make graduates more skilled and competitive job seekers. MoManufacturingWINs will also support the implementation of "stackable credentials" in five critical areas: production, industrial maintenance, welding, machining, and transportation & logistics.