The University of Phoenix announced an innovative partnership with The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit, non-partisan education and research affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Through this educational alliance, University of Phoenix will develop curriculum relevant to today’s manufacturing workforce that aligns to the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System (SCS). SCS describes the competencies, certifications and educational attainment levels appropriate to manufacturing careers.
"We are excited to partner with
University of Phoenix to help better prepare the manufacturing
workforce for the challenges of the 21st century," said Emily DeRocco, president of the Manufacturing Institute. "Innovation is the single
most important driver of manufacturing business success, and an
educated and skilled workforce determines a company’s ability to
innovate. Jobs in manufacturing continue to require higher and higher
levels of education and skills because technology is changing every
facet of manufacturing operations. We must continue to respond to the
demands for new skill sets so that manufacturers can continue to
innovate and compete in the global economy.”
To meet the
challenges facing the sector, University of Phoenix and the Institute
are collaborating to develop a curriculum that supports the evolving
manufacturing needs of the 21st century. University of Phoenix will
offer programs that enable working learners to advance in their careers
while acquiring the skills and competencies in the SCS, which were
developed by the Institute and endorsed by NAM. These programs are
being specifically developed with the working learner in mind, giving
students greater access and flexibility to obtain advanced degrees in a
convenient manner. With a greater emphasis on strategic planning and
new technologies, the curriculum also ensures that the manufacturing
sector stays current and competitive in a global market.
unique alliance will provide an education with real-world relevancy
that meets the needs for high-tech manufacturing – graduates will gain
the knowledge and skills most needed in the manufacturing industry,
both today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Brian Lindquist, dean, University of
Phoenix school of business.
“Manufacturers face a growing
shortage of qualified workers, which impacts their ability to meet
customer demand,” said Governor John Engler, NAM president and CEO.
“This innovative partnership will help ensure that workers have the
skills needed to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”
nearly 12 million Americans worked directly in manufacturing – about 10% of the overall workforce. More than 80% of US
manufacturers reported that the shortage of qualified workers continued
to affect their ability to meet customer demand.
University of Phoenix Teams with The Manufacturing Institute to Educate Workforce
March 23, 2010