Washington, DC, -  Education Council member, Tom Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College presented an article through The Huffington Post on December 12, 2013.  The article describes the opportunity for the manufacturing industry to work in partnership with community colleges to support the development of a talent pipeline.  It is especially critical in the face of a serious skills gap within the industry.  Additionally, there is an impending retirement crisis, with nearly a fourth of individuals employed in the manufacturing industry at the agre of 55 or older.

Dr. Snyder explains that Ivy Tech, among other community colleges, continue to work in partnership with The Manufacturing Institute to support the implementation of the Skills Certification System.  The certifications endorsed through the System, as he explains, "Provide a set of the industry-recognized credentials that workers need to be successful in entry-level positions in any manufacturing environment."  The Alcoa Foundation has also supported the launch of the Get Skills to Work initiative at Ivy Tech, to offer free manufacturing training for veterans.  Upon completion of the training, the veterans will receive interviews with local employers.
 
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