Although the US Department of Labor projects that the economy will lose 1.5 million general manufacturing jobs through 2016, they also say the economy will need 1.7 million advanced manufacturing workers.
The Manufacturing Solutions Center in Tupelo, MS is a colaboration between education and business designed to meet the workforce training and economic development needs of the region. The center was funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Board for Community and Junior Colleges and the state Workforce Investment Board.
"It's essential that we support existing industry with a program like this, and it's also good to have when you're recruiting industry as well. You want to be able to continue training your employees, and the Manufacturing Solutions Center and the area community colleges do exactly that," says Todd Beadles, Director of Workforce Development and Training.
This is just one such partnership that is attempting to fill the need for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector.
Read complete article from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
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