Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Photo courtesy of Moseley Architects

Workforce WednesdayVirginia’s manufacturing community is critical to the viability of the Commonwealth, with 6,000 manufacturers employing more than 200,000 people and contributing $34 billion to the state’s gross national product. A recent partnership between the Virginia Manufacturing Association (VMA) and nine community colleges will offer manufacturing skills credentials to ensure the sustainability of Virginia’s manufacturing workforce.

The MT1 manufacturing certification and training is a curriculum and skills assessment program of the Manufacturing Skills Institute, a workforce development affiliate of the VMA. It was developed to help train a pipeline of people with the skills needed to enter manufacturing jobs, and to fill an anticipated gap as current workers retire.

Blue Ridge Community College will be an assessment center for the MT1. It is also offering training designed to help prospective manufacturing employees gain the skills they need in targeted areas. “We are excited to partner with the VMA to provide local industry with a measurable gauge of workforce readiness for prospective employees,” said BRCC President, Dr. John Downey.

The curriculum and skills assessment will focus on math and measurement skills, spatial reasoning, manufacturing technology, and business judgment. Initially, the manufacturing technician certification will be offered as a baseline credential.

Read more about Virginia’s successful workforce development programs in the 2013-2014 Virginia Board of Workforce Development Annual Report.'

Amanda Christopher

Amanda Christopher is a graduate of Hollins University and Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of the DC metro area, Amanda worked in public relations for the American Red Cross before joining the Virginia Community College System as the Workforce Communications Coordinator.

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