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Closing the Skills Gap by Tapping the Community College Pipeline

Posted By Jeff Moad, April 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM, in Category: Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

The Automation Federation and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) today entered into a partnership that could, in the long term, help shrink the manufacturing skills gap.

The two organizations said they will cooperate on a campaign to help community colleges in the US develop curricula aimed at preparing graduates to successfully take on automation-related roles in manufacturing. The groups will base their efforts on the Automation Competency Model, a tool developed by the Automation Federation to help individuals prepare for positions in the automation profession and to help current professionals improve their skills. The groups will help community colleges develop curricula and 2- and 4-year degree programs based on the Automation Competency Model.

One school, Cleveland Community College in Shelby, NC, has already joined the effort, establishing an Automation Center of Excellence. The groups said they intend to pull more community colleges around the country into the effort.

Do you see community colleges as a potential source of much-needed people with manufacturing skills? Is your company working with local community colleges to develop similar programs? How receptive have you found community college leaders to cooperating on these kinds of initiatives?

Written by Jeff Moad

Jeff Moad is Research Director and Executive Editor with the Manufacturing Leadership Community. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Program. Follow our LinkedIn Groups: Manufacturing Leadership Council and Manufacturing Leadership Summit


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