Participants Sought for Manufacturing Production Exam

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 17,  2007) - Manatee Community College (MCC) is seeking 20 participants to take a free, four-part Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) production technician certification exam Jan. 17 and 18 at MCC Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway East. Participants, selected on a first-come, first-serve basis, may earn a new nationally and industry-recognized certificate that can improve career advancement opportunities and job security.

MSSC is a nationwide, industry-led organization that focuses on core knowledge and skills needed by production workers in the advanced manufacturing sector. Its training, assessment and credentialing system offers the opportunity to demonstrate mastering of skills needed in high-growth, technical jobs. The MSSC certification-based articulation pathway in Florida grants 15 credit hours toward an engineering technology degree offered at several of Florida's community colleges.

MCC's pilot test offers assessments in manufacturing processes and production; safety; quality practice and measurement; and maintenance awareness. Participants may include entry-level manufacturing technicians and production supervisors; high school and college faculty who teach manufacturing technology-related courses; current certified technicians who want to extend their certification to six years; or anyone who has taken the test before and wants to improve test scores.

Testing will take place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17 and 18. For more information, contact Dr. Idelia Philips at (941) 752-5218 or between Jan. 2 and 4. 

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