Governor Kay Ivey recently spoke at the Southern Automotive Conference and announced that the Alabama Community College System, through a partnership with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), will offer nationally-recognized and industry-led credentials at every college this spring. This rollout makes Alabama the first state in the nation to offer the MSSC credentials statewide. “We are once again proving Alabama is a leader in the automotive industry by offering these credentials in all of our two-year colleges,” Ivey said. “Alabama is committed to providing a 21st-century workforce that is prepared for 21st-century manufacturing like that found in this growing auto industry.” The MSSC is an industry-led and federally recognized training, assessment and certification system focused on the skills and knowledge needed by today’s manufacturing workforce. Through a partnership with the Alabama Community College System and MSSC, Alabama students will now have the ability to be certified as a Certified Production Technician or Certified Logistics Technician through the completion of approved coursework and training. “Manufacturing is more technology driven than ever before, and we’re excited to partner with MSSC to ensure that Alabama students are receiving the certifications and training they need to fill the high-tech, high-demand manufacturing jobs of the future.” Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker said, “The Alabama Community College System is constantly seeking out new opportunities for Alabama students to create a better future, whether it’s transferring to a four-year institution, training for a career, or learning basic literacy and workforce skills. Our partnership with MSSC provides yet another pathway for our students to succeed.” For additional information on the MSSC credentials, visit www.almssc. com.