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Manufacturing Skills Institute Launches eLearning Network

-Now offering certifications via award-winning Bluedrop technology- RICHMOND, VA – Today, the Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) unveiled its new eLearning Network, announcing that its Manufacturing Technician 1© (MT1) Certification will now be delivered on Bluedrop’s award-winning CoursePark(R) elearning platform.  This is the beginning of a strategic partnership between the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), MSI and Bluedrop […]

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Manufacturing Technician Level 1 Certification added to NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System

-Focused on Skills Standards for Modern Manufacturing Careers- RICHMOND, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) announced today that the Manufacturing Technician 1© (MT1) Certification has been added to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.  The Skills Certification System was established by The Manufacturing Institute (MI), an […]

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Virginia Department of Education Adds Manufacturing Technician Level 1 Certification to Approved Credentials List

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Board of Education has approved the Manufacturing Skills Institute’s (MSI) Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) Certification for inclusion on the Board of Education Approved Industry Certifications, Occupational Competency Assessments, and Licensure List.  Effective July 1, 2013, Virginia’s new High School Standard Diploma requires students to obtain an industry-recognized occupational credential […]

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VMA Partner in Tobacco Commission Grant for Workforce Training

-Grant will fund Advanced Manufacturing Bootcamp at SVHEC- RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is proud to be a partner in the recent award to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) by the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (TIC) in the amount of $163,750 to fund an Advanced Manufacturing Bootcamp © […]

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Governor Announces Manufacturing Appreciation Week

-Celebrating Virginia’s Manufacturers October 14-18, 2013- RICHMOND, VA – Governor Bob McDonnell has issued a certificate of recognition declaring October 14-18, 2013 Virginia Manufacturing Appreciation Week.  This announcement is part of a month of organized activities by the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) to raise the profile of modern manufacturing in the Commonwealth.  For information on this […]

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Virginia Council on Advanced Technology Skills Announces New Chair

Virginia Council on Advanced Technology Skills Announces New Chair –Nance Focused on Rebranding Industry and Worker Skills Development-   RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Council on Advanced Technology Skills (VCATS), a council of the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chair, Simon Nance of STIHL Inc. in Virginia […]

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MSI and Military2Manufacturing Partner with IVET

MSI and Military2Manufacturing Partner with IVET –Focused on Transitioning Veterans into Advanced Technology Careers-  RICHMOND, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) are pleased to announce a new partnership for its Military2Manufacturing (M2M) program with the Institute for Veterans Education and Training (IVET).  M2M is a just-in- time career transition […]

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DBA Revamps Worker Retraining Tax Credit

  DBA Revamps Worker Retraining Tax Credit –VMA Advocating for New Focus on Industry Credentials-   RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is pleased to offer the Virginia Department of Business Assistance (DBA) the opportunity to unveil its new guidelines for implementation of Virginia’s Worker Retraining Tax Credit at the VMA’s West Central […]

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CSIIP Webinar Features Dream It. Do It. Virginia Career Information System

  CSIIP WEBINAR FEATURES DREAM IT. DO IT. VIRGINIA CAREER INFORMATION SYSTEM DIDIVA connects job seekers to STEM careers The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) began a partnership with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium in 2012, when its new statewide initiative, the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP), was launched.  […]

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Manufacturing Skills Institute Reaches Training Milestone

Contractor Safety Readiness Certificate Program Reaches 1,000 Trainees RICHMOND, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) reached an important milestone today.  The MSI Contractor Safety Readiness Certificate program enrolled its 1,000th trainee this week.   The Contractor Safety Readiness Certificate program was created by Virginia’s leading manufacturers and construction/engineering contractors as a “Gold Standard” for […]