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Manufacturing Skills Certification

Cowley College prepares the workforce of the future…

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 offered on the Arkansas City campus or at your place of employment for your convenience. 

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. 

Businesses also would 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. 

The grant process is simple and easy to complete so do not hesitate to pursue this funding option. 

The college is committed to providing working partnerships for every business and industry we serve.  Cowley College looks forward to working with you in the near future.

The Manufacturing Skills Certification (MSC) training program outlined below was developed in collaboration with business & industry representatives within the manufacturing sector from central and south central Kansas region.

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
  • Environmental Health & Safety

Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify for the course. Completion of the certificate may allow students to interview with select companies within the central and south central region of Kansas.

Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares individuals for a wide array of challenging careers in a demanding economy and specialized labor market. It provides foundational skills, both technical and academic, that lead to lucrative employment, as well as further educational opportunities. 

Go to Career and Technical Education for more information.


Jennie Heersche
Director of Workforce and Community Education