News 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
June 14, 2013
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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
Brevard Community 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
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Des Moines Area Community College
Kirkwood Community College
Wichita Area Technical College
Kellogg Community College
Western Nevada College
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
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Shoreline Community College
Gateway Technical College
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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