Manufacturing Institute News Release (09/20/2012)
The U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday over $175 million in funding for community colleges to grow and enhance their manufacturing education and training programs. This funding will allow community and technical colleges to align their programs with the standards of industry-based credentials, increasing the number of individuals who have certifications that make them eligible for in-demand manufacturing jobs.
“With the skills gap in manufacturing at an all-time high, and 600,000 jobs going unfilled as a result, these grants will enable students to learn the skills they need to access and advance in manufacturing jobs,” says Jennifer McNelly, president of the Manufacturing Institute. “It will also support schools in building quality, relevant manufacturing programs that offer individuals industry-based certifications.”