Manufacturing Skills Certification System Resources
The Manufacturing Skills Certification System was created to ensure that postsecondary certificate programs in manufacturing would be uniformly responsive to the industry's needs across the country. The System supplies industry-driven certifications that align to identified competencies, sample curricula, and a framework for evaluating existing programs of study to prepare students to acquire those certifications. The Manufacturing Institute hosts the Manufacturing Skills Certification System resource materials to help stakeholders tailor and implement the certification system to their region's needs.
These resources provide a guide for integrating manufacturing skills certifications into existing education pathways, according to the following stages:
- Planning and Research: using data-driven decision making to determine high-growth industries/high-demand occupations, target critical Career Pathways for development and map manufacturing-related assets and resources;
- Design and Development: based on targeted Career Pathways and programs of study, engage industry leadership to build employer demand and recruit supportive faculty to audit programs against certifications requirements;
- Implementation: take action to fill skill gaps in curriculum, provide professional development, develop systems to award certifications and recruit students into target manufacturing-related programs of study; and
- Reassess for Continuous Improvement: Report on outcomes, repurpose for continuous improvement and plan for sustainability.
Specific activities to pursue are provided under each of these stages, along with an example of how it was done in one of the 17 States currently implementing the Manufacturing Skills Certification System. The resources also include a Community of Learners Webinar Series sharing more examples.
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