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Adult Education Services offers MSSC training, certifications

Gadsden, Ala. – Gadsden State Community College’s Adult Education Services is hosting a program that will lead to a certification through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. The program, known as the MSSC Summer Boot Camp, will begin June 15 and end Aug. 6.

MSSC is the nation’s leading industry-led training, assessment and certification organization focused on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers. The Boot Camp will lead participants to being a Certified Production Technician.

“The CPT certification recognizes those who demonstrate mastery of the foundational, core competencies of advanced manufacturing production at the entry-level to front-line supervisor through successful completion of the assessments,” said Patti Wilkins, director of Adult Education Services. “The goal is to raise the level of performance of production technicians to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness.”

The MSSC Summer Boot Camp is being taught by Kasey Ashline, and instruction will focus on safety, quality, production and maintenance. The course is hybrid and will be conducted both online and in-person. Orientation will be June 15 at the Administration Building on the East Broad Campus. Classes will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 6. The in-person portion of the Boot Camp will take place from 8 a.m. to noon one day a week. The other two days will be virtual instruction from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

“The schedule will vary each week based on the curriculum,” she said. “The in-person days are strategically taught when the students will need hands-on instruction for a specific module.”

Wilkins said she plans to offer MSSC training each semester beginning with the CPT this summer. Certifications for Maintenance Awareness as well as Manufacturing Processes and Production will be offered in the fall.

“The production certification focuses on manufacturing processes and equipment,” she said. “The curriculum covers the principles of Lean Manufacturing, Lean processes, hand tools, using a drill press and production processes using a Skill Boss, which is an automated sortation system.”

An additional certification is offered in Manufacturing Maintenance Practices.

“The manufacturing certification is an introduction to mechanical drive systems, power transmission systems, chain drives, welding preparation, basic electrical circuits, introduction to fluid power, pneumatic power, mechanical power transmission, automation sequence circuits, maintenance of a Skill Boss and more,” Wilkins said.

During the spring semester, Gadsden State will offer courses for Certified Logistics Technician and Certified Logistics Associate.

“The CLT and CLA are similar to the CPT except that it’s for material handling instead of advanced manufacturing production,” she said. “The CLA covers the basics while the CLT offers more advanced training.”

For more information, visit Potential students may also complete an interest form at the site. A member of the Adult Education Services staff will contact you via email within two business days.