NTC honored for efforts to address skills gap

November 29, 2012

From toolingu.com: “Tooling U-SME recognizes six award-winning schools for their excellence” — In its ongoing commitment to support the manufacturing community, Tooling U-SME recognizes – for the second year – outstanding educational facilities that are developing a learning culture that works to overcome the manufacturing skill gap that is rampant in the U.S. and abroad. Tooling U-SME’s Platinum Education Centers (TUPECs) are educational programs that embrace technology and are active in developing manufacturers for today and tomorrow.

The TUPEC program was created in part because of the crisis facing manufacturing. Business research firms like Deloitte report that, by 2021, one million skilled jobs such as machinists, assemblers, inspectors, among others will go unfilled due to retirement and the lack of individuals with the right manufacturing skills and knowledge to replace them. Schools in the manufacturing industry are doing their part, and Tooling U-SME applauds those who have stepped up to meet the global challenge.

The six programs honored this year are:

  • NTMA-U National Apprenticeship Program
  • Northcentral Technical College, WI
  • Davidson County Community College, NC
  • Wilbur Wright College, IL
  • Virginia Western CC, VA
  • Middle Georgia Technical College, GA

The schools chosen have invested in their curriculum with Tooling U-SME’s online training program, which offers a blended learning format that trains specifically to the daily job functions of skilled workers. Pre- and post-exams help identify learning disparities with a learning portal that allows for reporting for teachers and multimedia, key manufacturing content and assessment exams for students. The 400+ online classes in departments like abrasives, metal cutting, welding, among others allow students to learn at their own pace while giving instructors extra time to teach in the classroom. Tooling U-SME’s content is robust and maps to industry credentialed standards: NIMS, SME, MSSC and AWS. Following the adoption of Tooling U-SME educational programs on average, educational institutions noted a marked 16-18-percent increase in post-exam testing. Tooling U’s efforts to support the manufacturing community will continue as industry partners with schools to produce a knowledgeable and skilled workforce.

“Manufacturing in the U.S. is thriving and we need to ensure that we have a strong pipeline of workers to fill the gaps to keep our manufacturers competitive,” says Toni Neary from Tooling U-SME’s Government and Education Group. “We are dedicated to working with instructors, programs and school systems throughout the U.S. to make sure students are well-trained, competent and, where applicable, certified. Our programs use Tooling U-SME to deliver knowledge to their students while conducting hands-on and in-person training to instill the skills needed for today’s cutting edge jobs. We are so proud of all of our schools and wanted to congratulate our six newest TUPECs. They are shining examples of where career and technical education is moving.”

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