College and Career
Advanced Manufacturing Sector Partnership (AMSP)
Thirteen industry partners, educators, and community leaders are leading the work of the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Partnership.
Manufacturing companies in Elkhart County are struggling to find the talent they need. Outdated perceptions of manufacturing limit the number of young people who enter this field. The local manufacturing workforce is aging and nearing retirement age. Left unchecked, the skills gap for highly qualified workers in the manufacturing sector will grow.
The Advanced Manufacturing Sector Partnership is creating a regional talent development system to meet industry needs. The partnership seeks to increase the number of local workers with industry-recognized credentials and competency.
Phase 1 of the training utilizes the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), which has two certification programs allow students and workers to document their knowledge through front-line manufacturing production and supply chain logistics.
Baugo Community Schools
Concord Community Schools
Dept. of Labor
Dept. of Workforce Development
Economic Development Corporation
Elkhart Area Career Center
Elkhart Community Schools
Fairfield Community Schools
Goshen Community Schools
Robert Weed Corp.*
*Leadership Team Member
Indicators of Success
The AMS Partnership identified an apprenticeship model as the most promising work-based learning model to pursue. They committed to develop apprenticeship programs for both youth and adults. Benteler Automotive launched the first pilot program in July 2017.
Thirty students began an MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification as part of a customized Department of Labor apprenticeship program. The program is delivered using a hybrid model including online and classroom instruction.
Advanced Manufacturing Sector Partnership
AMSP History with HEA
In April 2017, Elkhart County manufacturing executives, educators and workforce development leaders, participated in a research trip to Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The group learned about Spartanburg’s talent training model and defined next steps to advance Elkhart County’s workforce. As an outcome of this trip, the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Partnership launched in July 2017.
Twenty-five community leaders representing industry, educators, not-for-profits and government participated in the launch.