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Texas State Agency Reinforces Value of MSSC Standards
At its June meeting, the Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) unanimously recognized the 2015 Edition of MSSC's Manufacturing Production Standards and Logistics Standards.  These standards are the substantive foundation for MSSC's Certified Production Technician (CPT) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) training and certification programs.
This new approval by the prestigious TWIC is fresh testimony to MSSC's continued role as the nation's "Gold Standard" for industry-defined skill standards for front-line work in advanced manufacturing and logistics.
MSSC was recognized by the federal National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) in 1998 as the Voluntary Partnership of industry, education and labor responsible for defining the industry-wide skills requirements for front-line work (i.e., entry-level up to first-line supervisory) in high performance, advanced manufacturing.  The work to develop and nationally validate the initial standards involved over 200 leading corporations, 15 national trade associations, 4000 front-line workers, and 400 career-tech educational institutions at a cost of some $9 million public-private funds.
The NSSB formally endorsed those standards in 2001. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor funded the developed of an analogous MSSC program for front-line material handling and distribution workers in the transportation-distribution-logistics (TDL) industry.  These CPT and CLT programs certify these skill sets for all manufacturing production jobs (6.1 million) and all material handling/distribution jobs (6 million) in the U.S.   
MSSC keeps its Production and Logistics Standards current through annual reviews by panels of industry subject matter experts to ensure that the are keeping pace with technological change.  For example, the 2015 edition reflects MSSC studies of emerging technologies to assess their likely impact on manufacturing and TDL processes on the nation's factory floors, warehouses and distribution centers. 

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TSTC receives new welding robot


Texas State Technical College Welding Technology program recently received a $150,000 Kuka welding robot from ARC Specialties in northwest Houston.

The robot will be expected to increase 25 percent of tasks across the manufacturing spectrum worldwide by 2025.

Many students, as well as Welding Instructor Mark Watson, are optimistic about the new robot.

Watson said the robot will give students a way to learn technology encountered in the automotive industry. He said a robot like the one from the company can be used in the automotive industry on assembly lines.

Rhett Fuller, 20, of Cedar Park said the robot combined his interests in welding and computers. He said the donation made him glad he chose TSTC to study welding.

Watson envisions securing more technology through partnerships with other companies in the future, so students can be more competitive for jobs.

ARC is a company that designs and builds automated machinery for welding, pipeline manufacturing and the oil and gas industries.

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SWeETy Camp teaches girls hands-on, technical skills

A group of six girls slipped on their gloves and welding helmets and took turns creating sparks Tuesday at Priceville Middle School.

They began to weld and later wire what is expected to become their own touch lamp by Thursday.

The ninth- through 12th-grade girls are in this year's second session of the Summer Welding and Electrical Technology Camp, which provides hands-on welding and electricity experience, tours of local industries and speeches from women in the industry.

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Schools2Skills™ Tour in Southeast Wisconsin for Manufacturing Month Stops in Waukesha

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Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell joined high school students during tours of Weldall Mfg, Inc. and Mathison Manufacturing, Inc. in Waukesha on Tuesday. After the business tours, Maxwell joined the students at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) for a tour of their Applied Technology program.

Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary John Scocos was also on hand.

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Class of 2012 Meets Class of 2020

As we congratulate the 27 Manufacturing Connect (MC) graduating class of 2016 participants and support them in taking their first steps into college or a career-job, we are eager to have some of them join the ranks of the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA). The YMA is a small but growing network of young adults who’s mission it is to introduce young people to the opportunities available in manufacturing and to assist them in getting started and advancing on their career path. Like Torres Hughes pictured above, Class of 2012, has been working as a Machine Operator at Freedman Seating for the last 18 months. On June 10th, Torres helped host 14 eighth graders from Northwest Middle School.  Here he explained how a computerized bending machine is used in making new prototypes and new production parts. Many of the 8th graders walked away understanding the value this company brings the community and the pride the employees have in return. Some students have expressed ambitions of being involved with engineering and manufacturing.

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