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MAC’s latest manufacturing program kicks off in August

Mineral Area College recently received $1.2 million to enhance the services of their Advanced Manufacturing Lab, hire a new instructor and additional program support staff. This Department of Labor grant “MoManufacturingWINs” allows the school to offer short-term, flexible training at no tuition cost to eligible students interested in improving their skill level in modern manufacturing.

The award is part of the $15 million Department of Labor statewide grant. A training network consisting of nine, public, two-year Missouri colleges that   will collaborate to implement rigorous and flexible certificate training endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The grant includes roles for the manufacturing employers, Missouri Career Centers and community colleges to collaborate on referrals and training development.

The program’s support specialist, Alison Sheets, said that for the last year, the college’s similar grant program, “MoHealthWINs,” has been a met with success.

“The MoHealthWINs grant team has witnessed the local healthcare facilities and our campus ties grow stronger,” she said. “This has resulted in quality clinical experiences and jobs for unemployed and low-skilled adults. I’m hopeful the same opportunities will be offered to adults interested in acquiring skills and knowledge in the manufacturing field.  Gaining college credit hours and nationally recognized certificates in a short amount of time can be the beginning of a successful career. I think these low cost training and educational opportunities truly help our local community." 

At Mineral Area College, a student can achieve 12 hours of college credit and a nationally-recognized Certified Production Technician (CPT) certificate in just eight weeks, starting August 2013. The Certified Production Technician certificate includes four critical work functions or modules for production: Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production and Maintenance Awareness.

This eight-week CPT certificate training course will combine instructor led classroom study, hands on skill development and e-learning opportunities. Instructors will help individuals learn the basic skills and knowledge required for manufacturing jobs. A small classroom size guarantees a quality experience with the instructor, Chris Klusmeyer.

Klusmeyer comes to MAC from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Poplar Bluff. At the DNR he trained those seeking State of Missouri certifications in drinking water treatment and drinking water distribution systems. He helped develop the curriculum and course materials for a variety of locations encompassing a 28-county area.
Previously, Klusmeyer worked for the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America where he served as Camp Ranger Foreman at S-F Scout Ranch and Camp Lewallen. There he oversaw the equipment and operations of the camp, running day to day property maintenance of over 214 buildings/structures, vehicles, marine equipment, operation of a surface water and waste water treatment plants, project management, and budget and personnel supervision.
A second short term nationally recognized certificate program starting this fall, is the foundation level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and the mid-level Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) Certificate Programs. The CLA and CLT assessments prepare students for higher skilled, frontline material handling work across all supply chain facilities: factories, warehouses, distribution centers and transporters.

The critical work functions studied in the CLA and CLT courses will consist of Plant Layout, Supply Chain Management, IT Fundamentals, OSHA Safety Principals and Teamwork/ Workplace Communications.   Students will receive 15 hours of college credit in a blend of e-learning, hands on skill in the advanced manufacturing lab and instructor led classroom study.

The courses, assessments and certificates offered in the above training programs are mirrored after the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council “MSSC”. This industry-lead council was responsible for building a nationally validated skill standard for production and production support workers (entry-level thru first-line of supervision) in all manufacturing sectors.

This short term manufacturing job training is available at no tuition cost to front-line manufacturer workers who need to improve their skill levels, unemployed, underemployed, low-skilled individuals, or those who have lost their jobs as a result of their jobs moving overseas.

Students will have access to two Program Support Specialists at MAC who will offer admission assistance, advising and career counseling. To determine if you or a family member meets the MoManufacturingWINs grant eligibility requirements, call Alison Sheets, program support specialist at Mineral Area College, .

Interested participants may inquire at the Park Hills Missouri Career Center, located on Parkway Drive in Park Hills; Supportive services may be available to assist qualified applicants with additional course fees.  Call the Park Hills Missouri Career Center at (573) 518-2431. See the original grant announcement from the Missouri Community College Association and more on the program at

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