The Genesis of an Accelerated Skilled-Based Program Debra Kerrigan, BSCE, M.Ed. Dean Workforce Training & Continuing Education Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis MN
SHORTAGE OF SKILLED WORKERS RELATING TO MANUFACTURING • Right Skills Now • Program Requirements: • CNC Operator skills • Fast track • Paid Internship • Industry Certification • Stackable credentials • Credit – Financial Aid eligible
STRATEGIC PARTNERS • RSN (Right Skills Now) • Initial round table discussion • Manufacturing Institute • ACT (American College Testing) • National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) • NAM (National Association of Manufacturers • Member of the Jobs Council • Dunwoody College of Technology (Private Nonprofit) • South Central College (Public) • DEED (Department of Employment & Economic Development) • MN Workforce Agencies
Right Skills Now –CNC Operator Engage Develop Implement Measure
DEVELOPMENT Colleges collaborate to align learning outcomes with industry expectations.
IMPLEMENTATION Recruitment, assessment and enrollment process for the pilot program.
AWARENESS AND FUTURE IMPLEMENTATION • Manufacturing Institute now manages the implementation of Right Skills Now at additional colleges www.rightskillsnow.org • Curriculum and application for implementation can be found at;www.themanufacturinginstitute.org
MEASURING RESULTS Student Evaluations & Industry Evaluations Dunwoody College – Cohort #1 Started in January 2012 with 20 students • Average starting salary = $15.90 per hour
MEASURING RESULTS Student Evaluations & Industry Evaluations Dunwoody College – Cohort #2 Started in August 2012 with 18 students • Average starting salary = $15.67 per hour
Key Principles of Right Skills Now Programs • Communication & Collaboration drives success • Fast-Tracked for Credit Career Training • Industry Credentials with Value in the Workplace • Pathways to Advancement and Degrees
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