St. Charles, IL – Illinois State Senator Dan Cronin visited gearmotor manufacturer Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. to explore Bison’s successful implementation of the nationally recognized Manufacturing Skill Standards Certification (MSSC) Program for his cable television series, “Illinois Education.” MSSC resulted from a voluntary partnership between industry, labor and education to raise the skill level of
The MSSC System awards Certified Production Technician (CPT) certificates to individuals who pass any or all of its four Production modules: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; and Maintenance Awareness. The CPT certificates are nationally portable and have been officially recognized by the Illinois Manufacturers Association as a credential for hiring production workers.
“The foundation of a good education system is what you have to build on,” said Bison Gear president and CEO, Martin Swarbrick. “The MSSC program is a core element in our program to keep globally competitive.” Bison employees are rewarded financially for successfully completing each of the four MSSC modules.
Ron Bullock, Bison Gear chairman, adds, “Bison has invested in building two balance sheets: a financial balance sheet and what we call a ‘human capital’ balance sheet.” Through its Manufacturing Careers Council activities, Bison is working actively with other manufacturers, education institutions, and workforce development organizations to enable delivery of the MSSC training and certification to enable job seekers to prepare for careers in manufacturing.
The 25 minute “Illinois Education” video can be viewed at the BisonGear.com website, along with two related short videos entitled, “Implementing the MSSC creates a better skilled workforce at Bison” and “Employees benefit at Bison with the MSSC program.”
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.
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