Leader of Manufacturing Skills Standards Council to address regional conference

Neil Reddy will discuss value of national professional certifications

Neil Reddy Executive Director. Manufacturing Skills Standards Council

Neil Reddy
Executive Director.
Manufacturing Skills Standards Council

KOKOMO, Ind. — Neil Reddy, executive director of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) based in Alexandria, Va., will be the keynote speaker Oct. 15 at a conference sponsored by the North Central Indiana Economic Development Partnership (NCIEDP), Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region and Indiana University Kokomo.

“The Educators/Employers Forum: The Value of Industrial Certifications” is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 130AC of the Kelley Student Center at IUK.

Area employers, educators, elected officials and community leaders from the six counties that make up the NCIEDP are invited to attend the event that will focus on the crucial role nationally recognized, industry-led certifications play in establishing and maintaining a well-qualified workforce. NCIEDP is a partnership that brings together economic development leaders from Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties to coordinate and focus on business and industry efforts as a region. Reservations for the Oct. 15 conference may be made online at http://goo.gl/forms/ThvTpTtwc7 or by contacting Jan Bailey at 765-459-0561, ext. 7529, or by email at jabailey@ivytech.edu.

Reddy is a founding builder of MSSC and joined the company in its infancy in January 2006 to develop its operations, marketing, sales, plus its vendor and customer network. Upon his arrival, MSSC was still a program in a “think-tank” in Washington D.C. and had just completed the initial pilot for its new assessments with 17 MSSC Authorized Assessment Centers. By building a great team and with the participation of MSSC’s broad member community of industry, educators, government, Workforce Investment Boards, unions, workers and students, the MSSC continues to grow at an accelerating rate. Today MSSC has more than 730 Authorized Assessment Centers in 44 states and more than 1350 MSSC-certified instructors and has issued more than 62,000 credentials.

Prior to his work with MSSC, Reddy worked for four years at the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM). There he worked primarily on national programs and projects with the Department of Defense and National Institute of Standards and Technology dedicated toward the advancement and development of next-generation manufacturing process technologies.

MSSC is an industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based on industry-defined and federally endorsed national standards, is considered the gold standard for front-line industrial training.

Other presenters at the Oct. 15 conference include Jim Tidd, executive director of the Miami County Economic Development Authority and a partner in the NCIEDP, and Jan Bailey, NCIEDP Education Committee co-chair and program manager for Ivy Tech’s Integrated Technology Education Program (ITEP). A panel of industry leaders from the region will speak to hiring criteria, critical job needs, local employment outlook, and the value national professional certifications can bring to local industry, and students from Ivy Tech technology programs will discuss the academic curricula that include industry-recognized certifications to prepare graduates for good-paying jobs.

“This forum will provide the opportunity to learn more about the wide spectrum of courses, training and certifications that can be delivered through the Ivy Tech system to emerging workers, underemployed and unemployed workers, incumbent workers lacking entry-level industrial skills,” Bailey said.

“It will cover educational pathways from entry-level credentials to college degrees as well as programs leading to skilled trades and apprenticeship options,” she continued. “More and more, employers are requiring or preferring certain types of certifications as they make decisions on hiring and promoting employees.”

For more information, contact Bailey at jabailey@ivytech.edu or by calling her at 765-459-0561, ext. 7529, or the economic development officer in your county.

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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