New program at WCCCD aims to expand skilled trades workforce

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Courtesy of The Detroit News

A conglomerate of manufacturing entities has selected Wayne County Community College District to bolster the region’s manufacturing work force.

The program, called Right Skills Now, is an expedited manufacturing training program led by The Manufacturing Institute, The National Association of Manufacturers, The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, American College Testing and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

WCCCD, Michigan’s largest urban community college, is the first state college to launch Right Skills Now.

The fast-track program will train 32 area residents in certified precision manufacturing technologies in an effort to meet the pent-up demand for skilled trade workers in Southeast Michigan, according to a community college statement. The program lasts 16 weeks and is followed by an eight-week paid internship.

“The Right Skills Now program leverages the know-how and experience of our existing manufacturing base, while providing a much-needed bridge to advanced skills manufacturers now require,” Wayne County Community College District Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery said in a statement.

There are about 600,000 unfilled industry jobs in advanced sectors because of a skills gap, according to a recent study from The Manufacturing Institute, a Washington-based research center.

Right Skills was first piloted in Minnesota at Dunwoody College of Technology and South Central Community College.

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