Evansville, IN, -  At the Evansville job fair today, Alcoa Foundation, Ivy Tech Community College and The Manufacturing Institute announced a new accelerated training program for veterans wanting to enter the advanced manufacturing industry. The MSSC Certification Preparation training is the first in Indiana to be part of the Get Skills to Work initiative, a nationwide program led by manufacturers including Alcoa and GE.

The MSSC Certification Preparation training for veterans will begin on September 9. It was developed with the input and support of manufacturers and will lead to the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and the Certified Production Technician certification, an industry credential by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

"Today's job fair is a great opportunity for Southwestern Indiana,” said Rep. Bucshon. "Hosting this Job Fair is one of the ways we are working to provide Hoosiers the opportunity to find good-paying jobs. We have a record number of employers involved and positions available. I want to thank WorkOne and the City of Evansville for their commitment to connect job seekers to employers. I also want to thank Alcoa and Ivy Tech for developing a program tailored to the needs of veterans and transitioning service members with their new Get Skills to Work training program.”

Alcoa Inc is one of the charter members of the Get Skills to Work coalition. More than 300 manufacturers have joined the Get Skills to Work coalition, focusing on skills training for U.S. veterans and translating those skills into manufacturing careers.

“Alcoa is proud to be partnering with Ivy Tech Community College and The Manufacturing Institute as part of the Get Skills to Work coalition," Jim Beck, the communications and public affairs manager at Alcoa Warrick Operations and the Alcoa Foundation's representative at the facility near Evansville. "There are many great initiatives out there for veterans. The more we coordinate our efforts, the more successful we will be."

Companies and veterans interested in joining this effort or learning more can visit www.getskillstowork.org.

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