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Missouri Manufacturing Workforce Innovation Networks - MoManufacturingWINs

The Department of Labor has awarded $14.9 million to a statewide consortium to deliver advanced manufacturing training throughout Missouri. Missouri colleges participating in The Missouri Manufacturing Workforce Innovation Networks - MoManufacturingWINs include: St. Louis Community College; Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City, Missouri; North Central Missouri College; State Fair Community College; Ozarks Technical Community College; East Central College; St. Charles Community College; Mineral Area College; and Linn State Technical College. Other key partners in the grant include the United Auto Workers; the National Association of Manufacturers; the Missouri Association of Manufacturers; the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry; the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development.

MoManufacturingWINs will focus on preparing workers to earn nationally recognized credentials endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Participating schools have chosen credentials leading to employment in advanced manufacturing and related careers in production, industrial maintenance, welding, machining and transportation and logistics. St. Louis Community College will award industry recognized certifications endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers such as the National Career Readiness Certificate, The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

The grant will serve 3,317 adults who are eligible under the Trade Adjustment Act or who are otherwise unemployed, underemployed or low skilled. A High School Degree or equivalent is required for this program. The focus of the grant will be on innovating the way in which adult workers are engaged and trained by Missouri’s technical training including:

  • Stackable certificate model that connects non-credit and credit components to appropriate industry certifications and provides a map for completion based on “Manufacturing Career Pathways,”
  • Multiple entrance and exit points which give students options for training in short increments, stop out to work and develop professional experience, and return to school to gain another credential,
  • A learning framework that provides students with the basic reading, writing and math skills they need to succeed in a college setting through contextualized courses, and
  • Student services, such as pathway and career coaching, to take full advantage of accelerated, flexible and technology-enabled programs.

MoManufacturingWINs is a three-year grant program that will be available through September 30, 2015, and provide foundational training for manufacturing career pathways.