Community College Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways

Project Update

The three colleges participating in Achieving the Dream’s Community College Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways, Muskegon Community College, Westmoreland County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College, are each meeting with community stakeholders during the month of November to begin strengthening the regional talent pipeline and close manufacturing skills gaps. Manufacturing employers, community development leaders, college leaders and others will come together for facilitated discussions that will surface the information required to create a robust action plan.  Topics include workforce readiness, college-programs and employer-needs alignment, and retention strategies that maintain a skilled workforce.

November 2, 2016 – Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI
November 18, 2016 – Westmoreland County Community College, Mt. Pleasant, PA
November 30, 2016 – Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH

Project description

The Community College Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways initiative brings together community colleges and advanced manufacturing employers in three communities to improve the alignment between colleges’ manufacturing programs and the needs of local employers. Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH), Muskegon Community College (Muskegon, MI) and Westmoreland County Community College (Youngwood, PA) will begin building a talent pipeline to manufacturing careers in collaboration with local manufacturers and with support from Achieving the Dream. The colleges and employers will be encouraged to work with local workforce boards, community-based organizations and others to offer community members new opportunities to prepare for opportunities in manufacturing, especially those from underserved populations.

The participating colleges will host one convening with manufacturing employers within their communities. These facilitated sessions will focus on the skill needs of manufacturing employers and identify current gaps. They will jointly develop work plans to address any gaps and future talent pipeline needs. Achieving the Dream will provide technical assistance to the colleges and employers as they create and implement their plans.

In addition, Achieving the Dream will develop a resource guide to assist employers and colleges in understanding how to leverage public workforce system resources to help train potential and incumbent workers in manufacturing careers. An employer engagement guide also will be developed for ATD institutions that are interested in strengthening their manufacturing programs.

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