-  The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) announced that Sylvia Wetzel has joined its Board of Directors.  Sylvia is Chief Learning Officer for Bison Gear and Engineering Corp., a manufacturer of electric motors, gear motors and reducers located in St. Charles, Illinois. 

Sylvia is a passionate advocate of manufacturing and a proven leader in manufacturing skills education.  Ms. Wetzel is a 2014 STEP Award Honoree.  The STEP Awards recozgnize female leaders in the manufacturing industry.

She was an influential leader on a state-wide Science-Engineering-Math-Technology (STEM) manufacturing program of study in Illinois.  She played a key role in Bison's selection by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for the 2007 Business Leadership Award for its significant contribution to the State's workforce and economic development.  In 2011, she was recognized by WorkForce Chicago for Bison's commitment to exemplary learning and development. She serves as Public Policy representative for Bison in Washington DC.

She serves with several organizations, including the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), the Manufacturing Alliance (MAPI), Business Leaders United Steering Committee, and Board of Directors for Elgin Community College Educational Foundation and the River Valley Workforce Investment Agency. Ms. Wetzel speaks fluent Spanish and is involved in mentoring adults to embrace English as a second language.

MSSC is a founding partner in the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.

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