State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota has been named a charter member of the Manufacturing Institute's "M-list" that recognizes schools for excellence in manufacturing education.
The Manufacturing Institute is an organization dedicated to improving and expanding manufacturing nationally.
SCF was one of 11 Florida College System institutions to be selected. The college has been recognized for meeting the workforce need in the local manufacturing community and offering certification programs endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers that allow students to earn job promotions and advance into for-credit academic pathways.
For the past two years, SCF has collaborated with local workforce agencies and state and community colleges on the Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing grant project to provide manufacturing education and training.
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Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the program gives local entry-level and highly skilled workers the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills and earn certifications and college credits to expand future career opportunities.
SCF also partnered with Suncoast Workforce to provide Florida Ready to Work credentials to unemployed and underemployed workers in the manufacturing industry. More than 200 participants have completed a training program through the grant project, participating in courses that lead to certifications. About 80 participants, both employed and unemployed, have completed training and passed required examinations to receive a nationally recognized MSSC Certified Production Technician certificate that can be used to obtain 15 credit hours toward an Associate in Science in Engineering Technology degree at SCF.