Cooperative effort benefits employers in Workforce Central Manufacturing Partnership

Organization: 

The Workforce Central Manufacturing Partnership is a local, industry-driven effort focused on developing highly skilled workforce for manufacturers to grow and maintain competitive edge.

Need: 

Manufacturers in the Mid-State Technical College district were struggling to find skilled workers. Displaced workers needed training to qualify for jobs in these industries and incumbent workers were not qualified to move up into supervisory positions.

Solution: 

Mid-State Technical College Workforce Training worked with the partnership members to develop and provide supervisor training to employees from 10 businesses. The training led to industry-recognized credentials for first line supervision. The college also trained 31 displaced workers leading to industry-recognized credentials in the food production industry. Thirty-two incumbent workers earned MSSC Certified Production Technician credentials and 24 are participating in Lean/Six Sigma training. Multiple Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grants funded the supervisory, MSSC and Lean/Six Sigma training.

Results: 

Nearly 100 individuals now have the skills needed by local businesses. The training allows these businesses to prosper and compete which benefits and strengthens local and state economies.