Cleveland State Community College Deploys New Manufacturing Skills Program to Solve the Industrial Skills Shortage in Tennessee

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School partners with Scientific Management Techniques to deliver uniquely effective industrial skills training curriculum and hands-on industrial skills assessment machines and methodology.

Cleveland State Community College (CSCC) has deployed a proven solution to the industrial skills shortage. “With these new capabilities we will be working closely with manufacturers in our market to improve both industrial performance and employment, effectively solving the industrial skills shortage” states Rick Creasy, Director of Workforce Development at Cleveland State. “Scientific Management Techniques’ (SMT) training program and hands-on skill assessment programs are embraced by Fortune 500 manufacturing organizations globally. These skill solutions are powerful productivity tools. Cleveland State personnel have been trained and certified to deliver these same proven programs here in TN.”

SMT has been training Cleveland State staff over the last two months. The training is now completed and CSCC is currently providing manufacturing skill assessment services and skills training services for manufacturers in and around Cleveland.

Many local manufacturers participated in the training by having their workforce assessed using the hands-on assessment machines. The participants included Columbus McKinnon, Cormetech, Merck, Whirlpool, and many other industrial organizations. By participating in the training, these organizations have initiated the process of benchmarking the skill sets of their incumbents; with this data CSCC will be providing highly targeted skills training. Mr. Gary Peternell, Maintenance Manager at Peyton's Southeast Regional participated in the program and states: “I think what Cleveland State Community College is doing is phenomenal with this assessment capability. We are going to be using Cleveland State to administer skill assessments of our workforce to set a baseline, and based on this data the school will deliver ‘targeted’ assessment based manufacturing skills training. I look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with CSCC, as we strengthen Peyton’s workforce and improve productivity.” Mr. Lonnie Lynn, Maintenance Supervisor with Merck also participated and states: “These assessments will help industry in general in the surrounding counties – it’s an unbiased and consistent type of testing. It helps a person determine where their learning gap is – for personal development. You’re able to get a base line from the results. Companies in our area will benefit from using these assessments for their recruiting needs.”

CSCC has three assessment machines used to identify the skills required to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot a modern manufacturing facility; the Mechanical Skills Assessment Machine, Electrical Skills Assessment Machine, and Programmable Logic Control (PLC) Assessment Machine. “These hands-on assessment machines lower the risk and cost of hiring”, states Creasy. “Identifying and measuring skills in the hiring process is the single most effective way to ensure a quality hire in Industry. Based on the feed-back from our manufacturing base we expect to be very busy delivering assessments. We now have eight trained and certified assessment administrators on staff.

In addition to the assessment capabilities, CSCC has also deployed SMT’s manufacturing skills training curriculum. The curriculum is 100% demand-driven, designed by and for industrial operations professionals. The training program incorporates the use of over 200 hands on training aids; students train on the same tools, components, and systems they will encounter on the production floor. The program trains the critical ‘Hard Skills’ required to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot a manufacturing facility. This curriculum can be characterized as an ongoing needs analysis of the skills required by industrial organizations. The program is continuously updated and new training units are added as new production technology and methods are introduced in industry. By virtue of the school’s partnership with SMT, Cleveland State will automatically receive all program updates.

“With these two programs, the assessment program and skills training program, CSCC will dramatically improve the skills of the industrial workforce in Tennessee for many years”, states Stephen Berry, President of Scientific Management Techniques. “SMT has been delivering these programs in industry for four decades. Currently, the demand for these industrial skill solutions is growing rapidly in formal education as schools work with their industrial partners to identify and deploy an effective solution to the manufacturing skills shortage. Cleveland State is a dynamic, solutions driven organization. This partnership represents a serious and substantial commitment by Cleveland State to improve the skill level of the industrial workforce in their market.”

About Scientific Management Techniques, Inc:

Scientific Management Techniques is the global leader in industrial skills assessments and industrial skills training. SMT’s manufacturing skill solutions are currently deployed in thirty-one countries. The skills training curriculum trains to the critical skills required to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot an industrial facility. Their hands-on manufacturing skills assessment machines and assessment protocols are used in the hiring process to identify and measure industrial skills; Mechanical, Electrical, PLC, and CNC skills. Many organizations assess their incumbent workforce and deliver targeted training based on the assessment data. http://www.Scientific-Management.Com.

Contact: Mr. Stephen Berry, SMT President,Sberry(at)Scientific-Management(dot)com, 603-421-0222

About Cleveland State Community College:

Cleveland State Community College is an accredited public community college serving approximately 3,500 credit students and 1,500 non-credit students. Committed to quality education, Cleveland State operates within the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents. The 105-acre campus has 10 major buildings that house modern classrooms, laboratories and student activity centers. Additional features include an exceptional library, a multi-media center, computer laboratories, a 400-seat theater, a 3,000-seat gymnasium, athletic fields and tennis courts, a large reflector telescope and teleconference capabilities. In addition to the offerings on the main campus, Cleveland State has offices and classrooms in Athens and Madisonville and offers classes throughout our service area of Bradley, Meigs, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties.

Contact: Mr. Richard Creasy, Director of Workforce Development, 423-614-8763     Rcreasy(at)clevelandstatecc(dot)edu

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