MoHealthWINs Program Support Specialist
MAC’s Free-Tuition Manufacturing Program to Hold Tour, Info Event
(PARK HILLS) -- The MoWINs Advanced Manufacturing training programs at Mineral Area College – which are free of tuition-- are paying off for many students. The programs prepare workers to earn nationally-recognized credentials endorsed by area employers and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
The public is invited to attend a Manufacturing Training Information Event & Advanced Manufacturing Lab Tour on Tuesday, July 28, at 5 p.m. at the North College Center on the campus of Mineral Area College. For more information, contact Program Support Specialists Alison Sheets at (573) 518-3820 / email@example.com or Tina Miller at (573) 518-3840 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since August 2013, MAC, with the support of the Mineral Area Training Consortium, implemented six of the NAM’s endorsed manufacturing certificate programs, which include: Certified Production Technician, Certified Logistics Associate/ Technician, Connector & Conductor, Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic, Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic and Pneumatic Technician. Certifying agencies include the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS).
These fast-track programs involve hands-on skills training in the advanced manufacturing lab and e-learning opportunities with limited classroom instruction. College credit is awarded with the certificate programs. That credit can be applied to the Industrial Maintenance or Engineering Technology associate of applied science (AAS) degrees at MAC.
In August 2014, Carrie Gagnon of Farmington was an unemployed veteran who was recently divorced and new to the area. After graduating from high school and serving in the military, she had worked as a cook for 30 years. She was ready for a change, and chose the MoManufacturingWINs Certified Logistics program because she liked computers, is mechanically inclined and the tuition was free.
When she was asked if the program classes helped Carrie attain her new job at SRG Global, Ms. Gagnon said she benefitted from her logistic certificate classes every day.
“I’m required to know and use Excel and Outlook programs on a daily basis,” she said. “Of course, I use the skills I acquired in the Teamwork/ Work Communications class. I’m constantly aware of safety practices by using my OSHA 30 / Manufacturing Safety classroom training, too.”
In addition to her Certified Logistics Associate Certificate, Carrie acquired an IC3 Digital Literacy Certification and an OSHA 30 card in less than one year. She plans to take the Certified Logistics Technician assessment later this summer and continue her AAS degree.
“My new job at SRG Global has given me greater stability and more confidence in using my new skills,” said Gagnon, a “crib attendant” for the auto parts manufacturer. “It definitely has helped our household income,” she said.
Two MoWINs program support specialists, Tina Miller and Alison Sheets, are on hand to help students overcome barriers, from the time they’re being admitting through completing their certificate training programs. This personal service has resulted in above-average student retention rates for the MoWINs grant participants.
Sheets said she and Miller work with a segment of the population who may have never imagined they’d be going to a college to learn vo-tech skills or, as they’re called today, career-and-technology education skills.
“A lot of these students might be intimidated or pessimistic at first, they might be dealing with unique obstacles in their personal lives, they might need a little extra to sharpen their skills in other ways,” she said. “Tina and I have seen so many inspirational people who have taken this opportunity of free tuition, applied themselves in these classes, and they’ve greatly improved their stations in life—for themselves and their families. It’s a privilege and an honor to help them succeed, and it’s exciting to see what they achieve.”
MoWINs Support Specialists also offer local manufacturing internship assistance and job placement services after the student achieves the Certified Production or Certified Logistics Technician Certificates.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants were launched by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). The Missouri Community College Association and the State Technical College formed a consortium to apply for these funds. MAC is currently participating in two of the TAACCCT grants, MoManufacturingWINs and MoSTEMWINs. These grants help to enhance the services of the Advanced Manufacturing Lab (located in the North College Center Building) and offer free tuition to veterans, unemployed, underemployed, dislocated workers and incumbent workers who need additional skills.
This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.
Mineral Area College will hold a Manufacturing Training Information Event & Advanced Manufacturing Lab Tour on Tuesday, July 28, at 5 p.m. in the North College Center on the Park Hills campus. MAC offers Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Programs at no tuition cost to those who qualify (veterans, unemployed, underemployed, dislocated workers and incumbent workers who need additional skills). Training is endorsed by area employers and the National Association of Manufacturers, and job placement is assisted by a career coach.
This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.
Health care Employer Partners: Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, Madison Medical Center, Perry County Community Hospital, Parkland Health Center, Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy, Pharmax Pharmacy, Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health, Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, St. Joe Manor USA Drug and Walgreens
Through the MoHealthWINs
awarded grant funds, the
Department of Labor will be
offering tuition assistance for TAA
individuals who have lost their
job as a result of their job moving
overseas (foreign trade), qualified
veterans and their spouses,
and workers wanting to increase
their skill level. Lab and book fees will not be
covered by the MoHealthWINs
grant. However, additional
financial assistance may be
offered to eligible students
through the Missouri Career
Center in Park Hills.