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Press Release 13-106
'M-List' Recognizes Institutions Preparing Workers to Industry Standards in Advanced Manufacturing

NSF-funded advanced manufacturing education projects are well-represented at institutions receiving Manufacturing Institute's seal of approval

Students observe a 3-D projection of an aircraft engine

Students observe a 3-D projection of an aircraft engine at the South Carolina ATE center.
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June 14, 2013

The Manufacturing Institute recently announced the charter members of the M-List, a designation recognizing excellence in manufacturing education. M-List members are institutions that are preparing students to industry standards in advanced manufacturing, with students earning credentials that are in the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System

Manufacturing has evolved in recent decades, and today's manufacturers require a highly skilled workforce. The M-list provides a service for both employers and students, connecting them to an environment that develops skilled welders, machinists, production workers, and other key positions essential to manufacturing.

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education program (ATE) aims to strengthen the skills of technicians, whose work is vitally important to the nation's prosperity and security, through grants to community colleges. Through ATE centers and projects, community colleges have a leadership role and work in partnership with universities, secondary schools, business and industry, and government agencies to design and carry out model workforce development initiatives. Almost every institution on the M-list has or has had NSF funding through ATE, representing technician education in fields ranging from renewable energy to engineering technology to aerospace.

"ATE has a lot of models for successful interaction between academe and industry," said ATE lead program director Celeste Carter. "Institutions have leveraged the use of NSF funds to build the infrastructure and capacity of their institutions to be responsive to both students and emerging trends in industry."

"The Manufacturing Institute is proud to recognize schools that are providing the highest quality manufacturing education," said Jennifer McNelly, president of the Manufacturing Institute. "We are pleased to see so many ATE centers included on this list, and look forward highlighting additional ATE institutions as they incorporate NAM-Endorsed certifications."

Institutions on the M-list follow:

California State University, Chico

College of the Canyons

Reedley College

Brevard Community College

Broward College

College of Central Florida

Florida Gateway College

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Hillsborough Community College

Pensacola State College

Polk State College

St. Petersburg College

State College of Florida

Tallahassee Community College

Harper College

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

Des Moines Area Community College

Kirkwood Community College

Wichita Area Technical College

Kellogg Community College

Anoka Technical College

Dunwoody College of Technology

South Central College

Western Nevada College

North Carolina
Cape Fear Community College

Central Carolina Community College

Central Piedmont Community College

Cleveland Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College

Halifax Community College

Randolph Community College

Cuyahoga Community College

Lorain County Community College

Community College of Allegheny County

Lehigh Career and Technical Institute

South Carolina
Florence-Darlington Technical College

Alamo Colleges

Shoreline Community College

Gateway Technical College


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Maria C. Zacharias, NSF, (703) 292-8454, mzachari@nsf.gov

Related Websites
Obama Administration Launches Competition for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/09/obama-administration-launches-competition-three-new-manufacturing-innova
Community College Cybersecurity Program Trains 21st Century Workforce: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/cybersecurity.jsp

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At the FLATE center, a student uses an industrial microscope.
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Florida Advanced Technological Education Center is based at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa.
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