In the shadow of a plants closing down around Wisconsin, the state is pushing a program aimed to give workers an edge. The Manufacturing Skills Standard Certification is for manufacturers in all sectors from entry level on up.
Gayle Graham is with Corporate and Community Training at Waukesha County Technical College where Governor Doyle promoted the program Monday as part of his Grow Wisconsin plan. Graham says MSSC is a selling point to potential employers.
"The certification is something that really points to what this individual has as a knowledge base being brought to this company."
MSSC is a four part module which includes safety, manufacturing profits, quality practices and maintenance awareness. Graham says the student's background in manufacturing will determine what course work they'll need.
The program is offered online as well as in Technical colleges around the state.
Wisconsin became the first state to formally embrace the national MSSC program.