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Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Named VMA Workforce Partner of the Year

  Williamsburg, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) announced the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) as the recipient of the 2016 VMA Workforce Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding leadership in changing perceptions about careers in manufacturing and in increasing access to industry certifications for individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth […]

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MSI Launches New Learning Network

RICHMOND, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) launched its new MSI Learning Network on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The Network is designed to enhance the learning experience for trainers and students participating in MSI’s skills certification programs and assessments, such as the Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1©) & Manufacturing Specialist (MS©). The Network has been […]

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MSI Presents Nationally-Recognized Certification Program

RICHMOND, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI), the workforce affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), is recognized as a “Competency Model in Action” by the Competency Model Clearinghouse. The Competency Model Clearinghouse is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA). The goal of the clearinghouse is to […]

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Governor McAuliffe Signs New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program Law

RICHMOND, VA – Governor McAuliffe today signed into law House Bill 66 and Senate Bill 576, creating the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund and Program. These new laws will establish a workforce training program and incentivize real career pathways through industry-credential attainment for high-demand occupations at community colleges and higher education centers. Between 40-65% […]

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Dr. Victor Gray Appointed New MSI Executive Director

RICHMOND, VA – Today the Manufacturing Skills Institute announced that Dr. Victor Gray has been appointed as its new Executive Director.  Dr. Gray has served as the MSI Manufacturing Technician 1© (MT1) Master Trainer for the last two years.  His appointment will support the expansion of MSI services to its academic and workforce partners, companies […]

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Community College Workforce Alliance Named VMA Partner of the Year

Charlottesville, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) announced today that the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) has earned the 2015 VMA Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding leadership in increasing access to industry certifications in the Central Virginia region of the Commonwealth. CCWA partners with industry to deliver the MSI Manufacturing Technician […]

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Virginia receives grant to help train residents with disabilities

Virginia has received a $4.3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help Virginians with disabilities train for and seek employment in high-demand jobs.  Read more here.

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Community Colleges Adopt MSI National Skills Standards for Manufacturing Education and Training Programs

Richmond, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) is pleased to announce four additional Virginia community colleges joining the MSI Academic Partner Network: Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), New River Community College (NRCC), Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) and Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC).  Among the Virginia education partners, there are now 15 Virginia […]

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Students Graduate from Carson City Library MT1 Program

As more manufacturing businesses have moved to Northern Nevada, including Tesla in Storey County, Kayla Homme, 22, adjusted her career focus.  “I saw that opportunity,” she said. “I think it’s something like 70 percent men, so I figured as a woman I’d have a better chance.”  When she saw that the Carson City Library was […]

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MSI Industry Credentials Focus of Economic Summit

St. Joseph, MO leaders are on the right track when it comes to improving the city’s workforce development efforts.  That was the message Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from an official who spends each day trying to improve manufacturers’ workplace environment.  Katherine DeRosear, MSI Executive Director, spoke at the 2015 Economic Summit Luncheon at the Downtown […]