-  Jennifer McNelly will be presenting at the 2012 NASCO North American Workforce Symposium on April 26th in Fort Worth, Texas.  The Manufacturing Institute announced new partners in the development of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) career pathway in manufacturing in the fall of 2011. The pathway includes stackable credentials from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL) and APICS.  This development enhances the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.  Below is the press release from NASCO:

2012 NASCO North American Workforce Symposium Features Continent’s Distinguished Workforce Development Leaders

This premier workforce development event features the top leaders in USA, Canada and Mexico on logistics workforce training and certification; and detailed updates of new approaches and solutions from leading career technical education experts in manufacturing and logistics

FORT WORTH, Texas – The 2012 North American Workforce Symposium, hosted by North America's Corridor Coalition, is slated for Thursday, April 26, at the Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

The one-day event involves and attracts the nation’s most outstanding workforce development educators and professionals. Presenters and expert panelists from industry and the public sector will outline aggressive efforts to address the serious deficit in skilled labor that is threatening to slow or deter altogether the steady economic recovery underway in North America.

“We have great workforce pipeline challenges including: a shrinking number of high school graduates; retiring skilled workers; global competition, and a smaller, more mobile world,” Jennifer McNelly, of The Manufacturing Institute, said. “And 88 million workers have at least one education barrier: no high school diploma, a high school diploma but no college, or no fluency in the English language.  The NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System serves as the national solution by integrating nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials into high school, community college, and university programs of study to build the nation’s technical workforce.”

Featured speakers at the event include Jennifer McNelly, President, Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM-MI) ; Tom Harris, Exec VP, Hillwood Properties; Leo Reddy, CEO, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC); Catherine Viglas, Executive Director, Canadian Institute of Traffic  & Transportation (CITT);  Eduardo Aspero, CEO, Stacktrain Mexico & Chair, Advisory Committee for Logistics Standards in Mexico; and Esperanza “Hope” Andrade, Texas Secretary of State.

Companies represented by speakers on panels include:  APICS; BASF Chemical, BNSF Railway;
Genco ATC Logistics & Electronics; Bison Gear & Engineering; Ivy Tech Community College; Randstad Staffing; SoCal Logistics Tech. Consortium; Southwest Ohio Workforce Board; and Madison, WI Area Tech College.

An opportunity to see workforce solutions in action will be available at the AllianceTexas Hiring Fair, which will be held in conjunction with the symposium on Friday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Texas Motor Speedway. The annual event brings together AllianceTexas-based companies to offer a variety of available positions to job seekers.

In 2011, more than 1,800 job applicants participated in the event. Approximately 50 companies will be on-site with job opportunities in administration, call centers, distribution, financial services, forklift operators, hospitality, logistics, manufacturing, medical services, restaurant, retail and more. The hiring fair is produced by the Alliance Opportunity Center, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and Hillwood. For more information, visit www.AllianceOpportunityCenter.com.

A recent report by Deloitte for the Manufacturing Institute, based on a survey of manufacturers, found that as many as 600,000 manufacturing jobs are going unfilled for lack of skills training. By comparison, the unemployed in the United States number more than 12 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

MSSC recently became the first U.S. certification body to be accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for ISO certification of individuals internationally in manufacturing and logistics skills training.

"ANSI accreditation strengthens our ability to certify the substantial population of frontline manufacturing production workers - about 9 million jobs in the U.S. - as well as frontline material handling and distribution workers, which represents another 6 million U.S. jobs," MSSC CEO Reddy said.

NASCO considers a trained and certified logistics workforce as essential to regional business growth and investment attraction in communities across North America. “We know this outstanding event will greatly enhance your effectiveness in economic development and in producing trained and certified frontline logistics workers” Tiffany Melvin, Executive Director of NASCO, said.

Major event sponsors include Alliance Global Logistics Hub of Fort Worth, Texas; MSSC; and Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, the workforce board serving 14 counties of the Dallas/Fort Worth region, the U.S.’ fourth-largest metro area.

The symposium is set for 8:30 am through 5:30 pm, Thursday, April 26 at the Speedway Club, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, and event rates are $159-$199. Media passes available. Contact Frank Conde for more information.

Online registration and details are available at: www.nascocorridor.com/workforcesymposium.

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