MO Manufacturing Wins Programs

A nine-member consortium of public two-year Missouri colleges received nearly $15 million to launch MoManufacturingWINs.

Through MoManufacturingWINs, students earned skill certificates that are recognized and endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. These certificates show employers that workers have demonstrated skills in specific areas of manufacturing, such as production, industrial maintenance, welding, machining and transportation and logistics.

Colleges that participated in the MoManufacturingWINs consortium included East Central College; Linn State Technical College; Metropolitan Community College; Mineral Area College; North Central Missouri College; Ozarks Technical Community College; St. Charles Community College; and St. Louis Community College.

The colleges collaborated to implement a rigorous certification training model endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The program enabled students to earn industry-recognized credentials that validated students’ mastery of skills in specific areas of manufacturing.

MoManufacturingWINs also supported implementation of “stackable credentials” in three occupational areas: industrial engineering technology, precision machining and welding. With the opportunity to acquire additional skill certifications like the National Career Readiness Certificate, this ‘latticed’ learning model provided added intensity, flexibility and comprehensiveness in the course of study, making the graduates more skilled and competitive job seekers.

With supportive coaching and peer networking from career coaches and chances for actual field learning, Missouri’s model has demonstrated success with adult learners and/or dislocated workers, who were targeted by the program.

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