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 © (AMB). The AMB will use the SVHEC-developed WorkReady Foundations (WRF) curriculum and VMA’s Manufacturing Technician Program to prepare participants for success in entry-level advanced manufacturing positions.

“The SVHEC team is doing remarkable work by bringing together innovative industry-recognized, competency-based and stackable middle skills credentials, like the Manufacturing Technician Level 1 and Manufacturing Specialist (MT1/MS) certifications as well as the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), to build a world-class manufacturing workforce,” remarked Brett Vassey, President & CEO of the VMA. “Over 85% of this region’s manufacturing jobs require middle skills, and we are excited that the critical technical skill areas validated through the MT1/MS certifications will be stacked upon the NCRC to ensure career readiness and industry readiness for 80 Virginians through this demonstration grant.”

The AMB is a program of the Manufacturing Skills Institute. Through a combination of lab exercises, demonstrations, and small-group instruction, participants will obtain the skills needed for success in most manufacturing entry-level positions and achieve a foundation for more advanced skills building.  Successful program completers will earn a set of stackable, nationally recognized credentials including the National Career Readiness Certificate, Manufacturing Technician Level 1, OSHA 10, Lean Principles, Standard Work, and CPR & First Aid.  For more information about this training program and how to register to attend, or to request the opportunity to interview AMB graduates, please email your inquiry to

“We are most grateful to the Tobacco Commission. These resources allow us to continue responding to the immediate workforce needs being articulated by regional employers while laying foundational career pathways to prepare our advanced manufacturing workforce,” said Dr. Betty H. Adams, Executive Director of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.

About Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) The Virginia Manufacturers Association is the only statewide association exclusively dedicated to manufacturers and their network of service providers.  The organization has been Industry’s Advocate™ since 1922 through successfully advocating for constructive public policies at all levels of government.  The VMA also supports a broad array of business services and programs to help ensure that Virginia manufacturing companies can be productive, profitable and competitive in Virginia. Virginia’s 5,000+ manufacturers employ over 230,000 individuals, contribute $34 billion to the gross state product, and account for over 80% of the state’s exports to the global economy.

About MSI: The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) founded the Manufacturing Skills Institute™ (MSI) in 2012. The MSI provides relevant education and skills training for careers in advanced manufacturing by offering world-class training programs delivered by MSI and MSI education partner institutions, including the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC).  Through the partnership between industry and education, employers set the skill standards for MSI program offerings anywhere offered to ensure learning is linked to employment and career advancement opportunities.  Employer-specific customized training can be provided onsite or at any MSI education partner location. Working learners advance their manufacturing technology knowledge and skills via OJT classes, classroom-based and online training offered by MSI and education partner faculty grounded in real word experience.

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