Ingram State Technical College Adds Certified Production Technician Training

Students enrolled in electrical technology at Ingram State Technical College can list yet another credential on their résumes with the addition of nationally-recognized certification from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

Electrical technology instructor Don Huskey is the first at ISTC to complete MSSC’s Certified Production Technician training program. “The CPT credential is valuable for individuals seeking careers in advanced manufacturing,” said Huskey. “It not only teaches essential skills for entry-level workers, it provides an overview of the skills workers need to advance to supervisory jobs.”

ISTC president Annette Funderburk said Huskey’s program was selected to implement CPT training in response to requests from students. “The electrical technology students have been asking to expand their program,” she said. “CPT certification not only gives them a new challenge, it also addresses Gov. Ivey’s Success Plus goal to grow Alabama’s skilled-labor pipeline by 500,000 workforce-ready employees by 2025.”

The College also received a Skill Boss trainer to help measure skill gain. “The Skill Boss is a performance-based assessment for evaluating competencies,” said Huskey. “It measures competencies related to safety, maintenance, quality, and production processes.” The Skill Boss was provided to ISTC by the Alabama Community College System workforce division.

Ingram students earn a variety of industry credentials, from MSSC, Microsoft, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

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Photo: ISTC electrical technology instructor Don Huskey will prepare ISTC students to obtain the industry-recognized Certified Production Technician credential from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council.