YSU Receives Federal Grant for STEM College

Congratulations to Youngstown State University who recently received a $470,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for materials and engineering science research. The money will be used to purchase two high-end, X-ray diffractometers, equipment that will allow students enrolled in the university’s STEM college to examine crystal and powder molecules at an atomic level. The…

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AWS Qualified Welders Complete Program

Through West Central Job Partnership and the Pennsylvania CareerLinks® in Lawrence and Mercer County sponsored two cohorts of students for a short-term welding program.  A 300 hour program was conducted through the Lawrence County Career & Technical Center from 6/10/13-10/24/13, as well as a 400 hour program through Laurel Technical Institute from 5/29/13-9/20/13.   In…

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Skills Gap Analysis Results Now Available

The recent skills gap analysis results that were presented by Ken Mull with EDSI, Inc., Dearborn, Michigan at the recent Oh-Penn Manufacturing Forum have been published.  The report highlights what skills area manufacturers require and addresses the skills gaps are between job seekers and available positions in manufacturing.  To view the entire report with the…

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Oh-Penn Manufacturing Forum Recap

Over 170 representatives from local manufacturers, government, education and training providers attended the Oh-Penn Manufacturing Forum held on October 31st, 2013 in W. Middlesex, PA.  The event highlighted the progress made to date from the Oh-Penn Pathways to Competitiveness grant and revealed the progress made in the first year of the grant. 1,336 credentials have…

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MSSC Credentials

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), a 501(c)3 non-profit, 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 upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that…

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Gasser Chair Wins Award for Print Ad Campaign

Congratulations to MVMC member Gasser Chair Co. who received an award for the Best Print Advertising Campaign with its “Gasser Dazzles” campaign at the 13th annual American Gaming Association Communications Awards Banquet. The awards recognize outstanding corporate communications, public relations and advertising in the gambling industry. This was the second win for Gasser Chair in…

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Industry Needs You Cited in the New York Times

In a recent New York Times article that highlights the resurgence of American manufacturing, the Industry Needs You campaign and other efforts ongoing within the Western PA Workforce Investment Board were highlighted as best practices when trying to address the long-term solution surrounding the skilled labor pool shortages in manufacturing. Click here to read the…

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Training Provider of the Month: Mahoning Co. Career and Technical Center (MCCTC)

The Adult Career Center of Mahoning County Career and Technical Center continues to provide customized training for business and industry. This year, MCCTC had the opportunity to be part of the pre-hire training with Exterran along with the Trumbull and Columbiana Adult Career Centers. The Exterran training included training sessions for human resources, shop math,…

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