Great Lakes Manufacturing Council
 

Four Selected as Benchmark Talent Development

PRESS RELEASE(for immediate release)Contact (see others below):
Ed Wolking
Executive Vice President, Detroit Regional Chamber
and President, GLMCouncil
P. 313-964-4000 / 313-596-0304
C. 313-909-0832

Four Selected as Benchmark Talent Development

Programs in the Great Lakes

 June 12, 2014, Detroit: Four manufacturing talent development programs were selected for special recognition at The Big M by the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council’s Talented Workforce Initiative from among nearly 30 benchmark programs submitted to the Council. 

Representing the eastern part of the Great Lakes region on the U.S. side, the Manufacturing Technologies Open Entry/Open Exit program was recognized for its continuous enrollment, flexible scheduling and on-line offerings for workers, and for its flexible modules that can be matched to individual employers’ needs.  The program is housed at the West Shore Community College in Scottville, Michigan and has seen a 40% increase in students since 2011.

In the western part of the Great Lakes region on the U.S. side, honors went to the Advancing Manufacturing program sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College – Corporate College in Lafayette, Indiana.  The initiative is a major regional multi-sector partnership integrated with economic development programs in northwest Indiana.  The program focuses on MSSC Certified Production Technicians, has produced 179 graduates, and has 191 currently enrolled.

In Canada, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program in Windsor, Ontario was singled out for its true apprenticeship approach that begins in grade 11 and features a year of full-time employment at a manufacturer, as well as high school credits, apprenticeship wages, and competencies toward trade certification.  There have been hundreds of graduates since 1989.  Sponsored by the Greater Essex County School Board, the program is dedicated to convincing parents that manufacturing is a viable career.

At the national level in the U.S., the Certified Production Technician program sponsored by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) received the award for its industry led training, assessment and certification process that ensures the core technical competencies of high skilled production workers.  The program features five production modules and has produced more than 40,000 Certified Production Technician credentials, with over 50% of those in the Great Lakes states.

Ed Wolking, Jr., president of the Council, noted that the programs are as diverse in their design and approach as the workers and employers they serve and represented the diversity and quality of all the programs that were nominated.  “The selections were a challenge for the judges,” Wolking said, “because the quality of all the programs was so high.  These four are exemplary of all the others.”

Following the awards, the nominees entered a reception and dialogue to share their experiences and learn from one another.  The programs of all the nominees will be listed on the website of the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council in the coming weeks, intended to serve as both an example of the forward-looking commitment to developing manufacturing talent in the bi-national Great Lakes region and as benchmarks for other workforce initiatives in the region.

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Award Winner Contact Information for Interviews

 

LeoReddy

Chairman and CEO, MSSC

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), National Program based in Alexandria, VA

leo.reddy@msscusa.org

703.739.9000

Roger Feldhaus

Executive Director, Tecumseh Area Partnership, Inc.

Advancing Manufacturing, Ivy Tech Corporate College, City of Lafayette, IN

rfeldhaus@tap.lafayette.in.us

765.477.1710

Julie Van Dyke

Dean of Workforce Services

West Shore Community College, Scottville, MI

jlvandyke@westshore.edu

231.233.7010

EdKotevich

OYAP Coordinator

Greater Essex County District School Board, Windsor, ON

ed.kotevich@publicboard.ca

519.255.3200

 

 

Nominees

 

Program Name

Sponsor Name

City

State or Prov

CANADA

 

 

 

Talent Assessment Program

Prevue HR Systems

Kitchener

Ontario

Earn While You Learn (EWYL)

Valiant Machine & Tool Inc.

Windsor

Ontario

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Greater Essex County District School Board

Windsor

Ontario

BioSkills Recognition Program

BioTalent Canada

Ottawa

Ontario

Manufacturing Action Plan

Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin

Ayr

Ontario

Attract Qualified Foreign Workers

Quebec International

Quebec

Quebec

UNITED STATES

 

 

 

Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

Hoffman Estates

IL

Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership

OAI, Inc.

Chicago

IL

Austin Polytechnical Academy

Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council

Chicago

IL

Ivy Tech Machine Tool Institute

Ivy Tech Community College

South Bend

IN

Advancing Manufacturing,

Ivy Tech Corporate College, City of Lafayette, IN

Lafayette

IN

Indiana Manufacturers Skills Academy

Indiana Manufacturers Association

Indianapolis

IN

Workforce Intelligence Network

Workforce Intelligence Network

Detroit

MI

Manufacturing, Defense & Aerospace Workforce Training and Education Grants

Macomb Community College - Engineering & Advanced Technology

Warren

MI

Accelerated CNC/Machinist Program

Delta College

University Center

MI

The Academy for Manufacturing Careers

Jackson Area Manufacturers Association

Jackson

MI

Manufacturing Technologies OE/OE Program

West Shore Community College

Scottville

MI

Char-Em ISD summer work program

Char-Em ISD

Charlevoix

MI

Manufacturing Boot Camp

Alexandria Technical and Community College

Alexandria

MN

Machine Tool Technology

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park

MN

Manufacturing Assessment and Advancement Center (MAAC)

Hennepin Technical College

Eden Prairie

MN

360 Degree Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence

Bemidji State University

BEMIDJI

MN

Dream It Do It, Western New York

Dream It Do It Western New York, Inc.

Jamestown

NY

C-TEC, Stark State, and Ariel Corporation Training Program

C-TEC (Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County)

Newark

OH

WorkAdvance - Northeast Ohio

Towards Employment

Cleveland

OH

Bootcamp

Gateway Technical College

Kenosha

WI

Get Engaged!

Nexen Group, Inc.

Webster

WI

US NATIONAL PROGRAMS

 

 

 

Tooling U-SME

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

 Based in Dearborn, MI

National

P.R.I.M.E.

SME Education Foundation

 Based in Dearborn, MI

National

Certified Production Technician (CPT)

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)

 Based in Alexandria, VA

National

 

 About the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council

The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council is a bi-national organization dedicated to the success of manufacturing in the Great Lakes Region.  Membership in the Council is open to all who share that goal.  The Council covers the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, and the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  It is organized as a 501(c)3 non-profit and includes manufacturing organizations, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, government agencies, colleges and universities.

The Council's vision is that the Great Lakes Region will be one of the top two manufacturing centers in the world.  Its mission is to maintain and increase the competitive advantage for manufacturing and preserve the prosperity of the Great Lakes Region.  The Council focuses on image, innovation, talent and workforce, borders and logistics, and public policy and is the originator of the description of the Great Lakes trading area as the fourth largest economy in the world.