Reading, PA, -  The Manufacturing Institute announced a partnership with the Industrial Maintenance Training Center (IMTC) of Pennsylvania and PMMI, the industry-leading trade organization representing the packaging and processing supply chain, to support training leading to jobs in high-performance “hybrid” production shops.

Through this partnership, 10 community colleges and technical schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will align their programs to PMMI’s industry certificates in mechatronics, a key skill set for modern “hybrid” manufacturing processes.

Certification assessments will initially be offered at Reading Area Community College in Reading and the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in Lancaster.  The Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, the North Montco Technical Career Center in Lansdale, the Precision Manufacturing Institute in Meadville, the Central PA Institute of Science and Technology in State College, and the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute in the Lehigh Valley are also building capacity to offer the certification assessments.

Support from the Manufacturing Institute has led to more than 50 certificates issued by PMMI in the last several weeks alone, and ultimately, more than 500 students are projected to earn PMMI certificates across the IMTC consortium in the next two years. This pilot partnership will be replicated across the country.

Support from The Manufacturing Institute is made possible by a grant from Alcoa Foundation, which awarded $200,000 to the Institute to build capacity of community colleges to issue industry-recognized certifications in areas where Alcoa has operations.  Alcoa North America Rolled Products in Lancaster, Pa., is also a partner in the initiative.

“Alcoa has a strong history of community involvement,” said Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute. “What this partnership shows is how much can be accomplished when the company joins with other Pennsylvania manufacturers of all sizes on a solution that impacts the whole industry.”

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