Half a million community college students across the U.S. can now receive industry-accepted credentials for manufacturing jobs that companies will increasingly need to fill as 2.7 million manufacturing employees aged 55 years or older start to exit the work force. U.S. President Barack Obama announced the initiative on June 8 at the Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria, VA), crediting contributions from private sector, community colleges, and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
Obama said that at this time, manufacturing sector employs more than 11 million people, and the goal of the program is to match the skill sets of new graduates with manufacturing jobs that need to be filled. "So if you're a company looking to hire, you'll know exactly what kind of training went into a specific degree," Obama said. "If you're considering attending a community college, you'll be able to know that the diploma you earn will be valuable when you hit the job market." According to the White House, The manufacturing sector has led the economic recovery over the past two years, with more than 230,000 jobs added since the beginning of 2010....