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April 8, 2010

Cowley College offering Manufacturing Skills Certificate training program


Many manufacturers find it beneficial for their employees to have the skills in the areas of Blueprint Reading, Precision Measurement and Quality Control, Occupational Safety and Health, and Employability Skills. Cowley College is pleased to offer this training through a Manufacturing Skills Certificate (MSC) training program with a certified MSC instructor.

The mission of Cowley College is to provide learning excellence and personal enrichment in an open access environment. Classes are conveniently offered on the Arkansas City campus or at the place of employment.

Students completing the MSC training program earn eight college credit hours. The curriculum has been developed in collaboration with business and industry representatives within the manufacturing sector. The coursework relates to industrial mechanical maintenance, as well as technology in the areas of electronic engineering, machines, and welding.  Students who complete the coursework have the opportunity to earn a Kansas Works/Ready Certificate.

Slade Griffiths, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, is looking forward to the college being able to provide this service.

“This program will be very beneficial for the industries and employees throughout the region,” Griffiths said. “Additionally, funds may be available from the Department of Commerce so that employees can take it without cost.”

Businesses will be able to apply for a State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grant (SESPT) through Kansas Works to fund the MSC training expenses. This grant allows the company to focus on industry needs and move underemployed workers to higher levels of proficiency.

More information on the grant can be found at the following Web site: The grant process is easy to complete.

The following skills were identified to address workforce development needs within the manufacturing sector (total of 120 contact hours): Blueprint Reading, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerances, Precision Measurement , Math Skills, Applied Mechanics, Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Quality Concepts & Systems, Manufacturing Materials and Processes, Business Operations & Procedures, and Environmental Health & Safety.

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