Dozens of Indiana teachers have completed training to deliver the first national advanced manufacturing certification program for high school students. Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative Conexus and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council are partnering on the Hire Tech training.
Hire Tech is a two-year high school curriculum that gives students the opportunity to earn Ivy Tech Community College credits and national manufacturing industry credentials. Conexus and MSSC say their partnership marks the first statewide implementation of MSSC Safety and Quality Practices and Measurement content for high schoolers.
MSSC says its system is based on industry-defined and federally endorsed standards. The organization says students who complete its Certified Production Technician Safety and Certified Production Technician Quality programs will have the training they need for middle-skill careers in advanced manufacturing.
The curriculum is offered at more than 200 Indiana high schools. Eighty-five teachers completed the recent intensive training program.
"Manufacturing executives have argued for decades, and still argue, that they need more workers with deeper technical and creative problem-solving skills to be competitive in global markets," says MSSC’s Leo Reddy. "While we’ve made progress over the years, much more work needs to be done."