In a push to be “a leader in the automotive industry,” Gov. Kay Ivey has announced that Alabama will be the first state to roll out nationally recognized manufacturing credentials at every community college.
“We are once again proving Alabama is a leader in the automotive industry by offering these credentials in all of our two-year colleges,” Governor Ivey said. “It’s only fitting that this announcement comes on Manufacturing Day. Alabama is committed to providing a 21st Century workforce that is prepared for 21st Century manufacturing like that found in this growing auto industry.”
Alabama has been consistently gaining national recognition in the automotive industry. The new community college requirements will further that recognition through Alabama’s partnership with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). A federally recognized training and certification system, the MSSC focuses on skills and knowledge needed by manufacturers in today’s workplace.
Students wishing to increase their competitiveness in an ever-changing market will have the option of becoming a Certified Production Technician (CPT) or Certified Logistics Technician (CLT). Upon completion of either certification, students will be educated in manufacturing processes and production, safety, quality, and maintenance.
Touching on why these certificates are essential to success in the workplace, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker said, “Manufacturing is more technology-driven than ever before and we’re excited to partner with MSSC to ensure that Alabama students are receiving the certifications and training they need to fill the high-tech, high-demand manufacturing jobs of the future.The Alabama Community College System is constantly seeking out new opportunities for Alabama students to create a better future whether it’s transferring to a four-year institution, training for a career, or learning basic literacy and workforce skills. Our partnership with MSSC provides yet another pathway for our students to succeed.”
High school students will also have the ability to participate in the new programs through dual enrollment classes.