In an effort to improve the nation’s work force, President Obama will unveil today a plan to provide 500,000 community-college students with industry-recognized credentials that will help them secure jobs in manufacturing.
The president will formally announce the new credentialing system during a speech at Northern Virginia Community College, in Alexandria.
Students will earn the credential through a new manufacturing-skills certification system endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. The credential is applicable to all sectors in the manufacturing industry and can be stacked with other training to help students toward an associate degree.
The new credentialing system is expected to alleviate frustration that both employers and students experience, administration officials said. In the past, students often spent time and money on training that had little value to potential employers, while employers had difficulty identifying which credentials were of value in hiring and promotion.
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