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“It’s a business-driven training program,” said Becky Godbe , Goodwill’s vice president of career development services, about the organization’s nine-week training program that consists of a week of work-readiness training and a mix of industry-based basic skills training modules, and work experience at local industries. “We are trying to address the economic issues by helping to meet our area’s workforce needs,” she added.

“Completion of the class gives them a certified production technician credential that meets industry standards,” said Rick Cothran, dean of Tri-County’s Corporate and Community Education (CCE) Division. Instructors from CCE teach the MSSC classes. Earning the industry’s top national credential, MSSC certification, can give future and incumbent employees a competitive edge and will help to meet industry needs by preparing new workers for entry-level production and fabrication jobs, said Cothran.

Goodwill participants are chosen from a pool of persons who visited the Goodwill Job Connection offices and those who expressed an interest in working in manufacturing and/or applied at Tri-County’s job fair.

They participated in information sessions and filled out applications. They also took the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE), were drug screened, and submitted to a background check. Applicants also wrote essays about why they wanted to work in manufacturing.

All of these factors were considered in the selection process, said Godbey. “It’s a rigorous process, and we only select individuals who we believe can successfully complete the curriculum and who have earned a silver (level 4) ACT WorkKeys® credential,” she said.

“In conjunction with Tri-County Technical College, we’ve been running the MSSC training for more than a year with great success,” said Godbey. The program modules focus on basic industry skills such as safety awareness; quality assurance; manufacturing processes and production; and maintenance

awareness. Participants also take a 30-hour work readiness (soft skills) class at the beginning. “It gives individuals the tools for entering manufacturing jobs – that’s where the skills gap is. Industry needs folks with these specific skills and people need jobs. Full-time employment is the ultimate goal. Everybody benefits.”

Goodwill pays for Tri-County to deliver the training and 20 hours of work experience weekly. Included in the program is work experience at local industries, Friedrichs and Rath, Orian Rugs, and U.S. Engine Valve. “This on-the-job training gives them an opportunity to prove themselves and to shine,” said Godbey.

“Work is so much a part of who we are,” said Godbey. “This MSSC gives under- and unemployed folks hope—they can accomplish things and be successful. It’s a comprehensive way to prove to the employer that they are a good fit for the job.”

“The MSSC program is important to us in building a b gger pool of applicants while he ping us to recruit the best associates for our skilled machinist positions. We got the best of the best with ristan.”

~Mary Ann Craf , human resources manager at U.S. Engine Valve

“It’s a business-driven training program. We are trying to address the economic issues by he ping to meet our area’s workforce needs.”

~Becky Godbey, ice President of Career Development Service , Goodwill Industries

MSSC Training Topics Include:

  • Manufacturing processes and


  • Equipment maintenance

  • Safety

  • Circuit analysis

  • Quality and continuous improvement

  • Intro to Statistical Process Control

  • Machine automation

  • Inspection to meet specs

  • Operator safety

  • Equipment monitoring

  • Preventative maintenance

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