During the December Community of Learners webinar, The Manufacturing Institute unveiled the Manufacturers Endorsed Education Alliance.  Brent Weil, MI Senior Vice President for Education and Workforce, discussed the rationale for launching the alliance, the driving principles and criteria and benefits of membership.  The Alliance will represent the nation’s top-of-the-line community colleges, technical schools, K-12 institutions, and universities that deliver credentialed workers to meet the needs of manufacturers in their communities.

The Education Perspective is presented by Dr. Maria H. Coons, Executive Director of Workforce and Strategic Alliances, Harper College and Matthew Meyer, Associate Vice President/STEM Innovations, North Carolina Community College System.  Dr. Coons and Mr. Meyer discussed how their schools are incorporating certifications into career pathways. 

The Business Perspective is addressed by Sylvia Wetzel, Chief Learning Officer, Bison Gear and Engineering.  Ms. Wetzel joined us to discuss the certifications being utilized at Bison, the impact of certifications for Bison, and the value of the education alliance.  

The Manufacturing Endorsed Education Alliance represents the Recognition of Quality for companies looking to hire skilled workers, students and career changers looking to upgrade their skills, and site selection agents looking for a region with a commitment to manufacturing skills.  Melanie Stover, The Manufacturing Institute Project Manager, explains the application process. 

Finally, Dr. Audrey Theis, TA Provider, provides a review of the Technical Assistance Needs Survey completed in November as well as the upcoming Community of Learners Webinar schedule.  We urge community colleges and their partners in economic development, workforce development, and the private sector to review this important webinar.

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