-  Today's Wall Street Journal includes a column by University of Michigan-Flint Professor Thomas Hemphill and American Enterprise Institute scholar Mark Perry that reviewed the skills shortage in manufacturing and highlighted The Manufacturing Institute's Skills Certification System as the solution. 

"The Manufacturing Institute has so far developed credentials for advanced manufacturing in Production, Machining & Metalworking, Welding, Technology & Engineering, Automation, Die Casting, Fabrication, Fluid Power, and Distribution & Logistics. It's also developing new certification programs in Aviation & Aerospace, Bioscience and Energy.

Recently, the Manufacturing Institute piloted a "Right Skills Now" accelerated program with the private, nonprofit Dunwoody College of Technology and South Central Community and Technology College, both in Minnesota. It focuses on career training in critical machining skills in a 24-week training period. There's a great need for more such programs around the country.

The private-sector driven Manufacturing Skills Certification System, embracing private-public partnerships with community colleges and trade schools, offers a relatively inexpensive path to meet the human capital demands of U.S. advanced manufacturers."

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