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Alabama leads nation in offering MSC certifications at public colleges


The state of Alabama announced last week it will be the first state to offering Manufacturing Skills Council certifications in the state's public colleges. 

Manufacturing is big business in Alabama, where a new partnership seeks to strengthen the relationship between community colleges and industry.

Earlier this month Kay Ivey, the state's governor, announced that the Alabama Community College System is teaming up with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council to offer industry certifications. Alabama will be the first state to offer the council's certification across its public colleges, state officials said.

A significant number of people in the state -- about 22 percent of the state's work force -- are in manufacturing and transportation, said Jeff Lynn, vice chancellor of work force and economic development for the community college system. Yet more coordination was needed, he said.
 

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