East Central College is one of the nine colleges comprising the statewide consortium utilizing almost $15 million in grant funds to ensure that credit and non-credit programs in manufacturing meet industry needs as part of the Missouri Manufacturing Workforce Innovation Networks. ECC will receive $1.1 million in grant funds over a three year period.


MoManufacturingLogoMoManufacturingWINs will provide educational opportunities for approximately 3,300 additional Missourians, including unemployed adult learners who are seeking new career opportunities.



MoManufacturingWINs will enable East Central College’s manufacturing programs, located at its facility at Four Rivers Career Center in Washington, to provide additional instructional and training support in Welding, Precision Machining and Industrial Engineering Technology to allow for program expansion and the ability to offer innovative teaching and learning.


ECC President Jon Bauer noted that ECC and the Washington School District, which operates Four Rivers Career Center, are strong partners in delivering education to the region.  "Partnerships and collaboration don't just sound nice, those are important components of good public policy," Bauer said.                                         


Governor Jay Nixon visited ECC-Washington last October to see firsthand the programs that will be impacted by the grant funds. 


"We are committed to ensuring that our workforce has the latest training and certifications needed to attract more manufacturing jobs to Missouri," Nixon said.  "From cars to components, we make some of the best products in America right here in the Show-Me State.  This investment in Missouri's community colleges is an investment in our economy and our future."


The nine colleges participating in the statewide consortium are ECC, Linn State Technical College, Metropolitan Community College, Mineral Area College, North Central Missouri College, Ozarks Technical Community College, State Fair Community College, St. Charles Community College and St. Louis Community College.                                         


The colleges are using the funds to develop or expand training programs in modern manufacturing, which is a targeted industry under the Missouri Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth. 


Click here for information on eligibility and the application process.

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