The Manufacturing Institute (MI) is expanding its certification partners by adding ISA CAP and CCST. ISA just signed an agreement with MI this month. MI is working with four pilot states (OH, WA, NC and TX), and four regions within those states, to integrate skill certifications and credentials into the fabric of workforce development
I was fortunate enough to work with MI in the Piedmont Triad region. I was working on a workforce development contract with the Piedmont Triad Partnership (PTP), and MI was working with Forsyth Technical Community College as the pilot college in North Carolina.
In cooperation with MI, PTP worked to accredit regional educational programs, and support credentials for students. We came to realize that regional skills certifications could be a competitive advantage in economic development. Any region or state can provide tax cuts for relocating or expanding buinesses. But imagine a region that incorporates program accreditation and skills certification with their entire population.