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WSCC to Unveil Manufacturing Skills Program
April 26, 2013

The Walters State Office of Community Education will provide an overview of its new manufacturing skills solutions programs at the General Morgan Inn on May 9 from 7:30-10 a.m. 

Breakfast will begin at 7:30 with the program starting at 8 a.m. The program is free and open to all manufacturing skills stakeholders in the area. Reservations are required due to limited space. To make a reservation, contact Dr. Anita Ricker, assistant dean for Community Education at WSCC, at 423-798-7953 or

“We are inviting all local manufacturers, state workforce professionals, and local organizations concerned about the industrial skills shortage in our area,“ said Dr. Anita Ricker, assistant dean for Community Education. 

“Walters State is very excited about these new capabilities and we look forward to introducing the programs to those most impacted by the manufacturing skills shortage,” she said.

“The programs, developed by Scientific Management Techniques (SMT), are currently improving manufacturing employment and manufacturing performance in the Memphis and Cleveland markets, and we eagerly anticipate delivering the same impact for our manufacturing partners in East Tennessee,” Ricker also said.

WSCC will have four industrial skills assessment machines on display during the presentation related to mechanical, electrical, programmable logic controllers (PLC) and computer numerical controllers (CNC). 
Stephen Berry, president of SMT, will demonstrate how each machine functions, discuss the assessment methodology, and describe how the assessment scores are used to predict workforce performance. 

“Identifying and measuring skills in the hiring process is the single most effective way to insure a quality hire in manufacturing," said Berry. “The program simplifies the hiring process, lowering both the risk and cost of hiring.”

Also on display will be many of the hands-on training aids used in SMT's industrial skills training curriculum. SMT's industrial skills training program is a hands-on, 100 percent demand-driven program. The curriculum has been built by and for industrial operations professionals. 

“We have delivered this training in manufacturing facilities globally for many years," said Berry. 

“ We work with many community colleges, effectively improving employment and industrial performance in each market. With these capabilities, Walters State will be helping local manufacturers drive performance by improving the skill level of the manufacturing workforce,” Berry also said.

SMT provides manufacturing skills training and manufacturing skills assessments. Their programs are currently deployed in thirty-one countries and across a wide variety of manufacturing platforms. SMT's hands-on, performance-based manufacturing skills assessment machines are used in the hiring process to identify and measure the skills of candidates. Many organizations assess their incumbent workforce and deliver targeted training based on the assessment data.