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Governor Jay Nixon visited the East Central College site in Washington today (October 15), to announce the MoManufacturingWins grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The governor toured the welding, precision machining, and industrial engineering areas where he visited with students and faculty.


East Central College is one of the nine colleges comprising the statewide consortium that will utilize 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 should receive approximately $1.1 million in grant funds over a three year period.


"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 colleges estimate that MOManufacturingWINs 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 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.


In introducing the Governor, 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.


"The fact that Governor Nixon is here today, to see firsthand the work we're doing to support manufacturing, shows us the priority that he has placed on community colleges," stated Bauer.  "He understands what we do, the students we serve, and the vital part community colleges play in the vitality of the state."


The nine colleges that will participate 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 will use the funds to develop or expand training programs in modern manufacturing, which is a targeted industry under the Missouri Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth.  The application focused on this industry because it offers immediate and long-term employment opportunities and good-paying jobs.

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