Plymouth, MN, 10/27/11 - The Manufacturing Institute officially launched a new, fast-track education and training program called Right Skills Now. The program is built on the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System and designed to both accelerate unemployed and transitioning workers’ return to work and meet the high demand for workers in precision machining jobs in manufacturing.
The program was announced at an event at Productivity, Inc. in Plymouth, MN, in conjunction with Minnesota Manufacturers Week. The Manufacturing Institute and ACT joined members of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, the leadership of Dunwoody College of Technology and South Central College, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development, and manufacturing executives from Minnesota to present the initiative. National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons, Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, and Institute Senior Vice President Jennifer McNelly also participated in the event to emphasize the critical importance of workforce training in order to create jobs in the manufacturing sector.
Minnesota is the first state in the nation to implement this accelerated path built on the Manufacturing Skills Certification System endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. Right Skills Now allows individuals to earn college credit and national industry certifications in 16 weeks, preparing them for immediate employment in high-quality manufacturing jobs and giving them a solid foundation to advance in higher education and careers. Training partners include ACT, the certifying body for the National Career Readiness Certificate – the foundational credential in the Manufacturing Skills Certification System – and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the certifying body for the series of machining and metalworking credentials.