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SkillMill19: Providing Jobseekers with Skills to Work in Manufacturing

David Rae, Catalyst Connection

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Catalyst Connection launched SkillMill19 this spring to prepare dislocated workers, underemployed individuals, veterans and more to start a new career in manufacturing.

SkillMill19 allows participants to access and track their personal learning journey by offering various technical skills and courses aligned with a user’s unique career path. SkillMill19 provides access to virtual courses and instructors for users to enhance skillsets that meet employer and industry standards. 

Currently being offered through the SkillMill19 learning management system is the Certified Manufacturing Associate training program. This program, provided by Tooling U-SME, prepares individuals for high-demand, entry-level careers, including assemblers, manufacturing associates and production operators. It can also be used by manufacturers as an effective onboarding program for new employees.

The Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) credential demonstrates that an individual has foundational manufacturing knowledge and may be an ideal candidate for entry-level employment. It is the first step toward a lifelong career in an industry where there is opportunity for advancement and well-paying jobs.

Online classes from Tooling U-SME provide the best manufacturing content developed by industry experts. The information is presented in an engaging and interactive format for maximum effectiveness, and pre- and post-assessments measure a student’s increased knowledge. 

Classes are self-paced, typically taking 60 minutes to complete. The 25-class training program can be completed in less than a few weeks. Classes are conveniently accessible anytime, anywhere on desktops and laptops and on tablets and phones with the Tooling U-SME app. 

The SkillMill19 learning management system is currently being used by job-seekers in the region. Stay tuned for additional information on how manufacturers can access this system in the near future! 

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