The City of Titusville, Florida / Community Development / Economic Development / NewsTitusville Funds Scholarships for Certification ProgramSpace Coast; Titusville, FL, January 31, 2017 The City of Titusville recently provided funding for up to nine students for the Certified Production Technician (CPT) program that began last September, and concluded in December . The ten-week online course is a nationally recognized and credentialed program through the Manufacturers Skills Standards Council and is offered through Eastern Florida State College.
The CPT program is endorsed under the Manufacturer’s Skill Standards Council (MSSC), a subgroup of NAM, the National Association of Manufacturers. It was developed in the late 1990’s as a solution to growing demand in all facets of manufacturing as the current workforce is predicted to decline as a result of retirement and attrition and a talent pool of qualified skilled production workers is required to fill the pipeline. Brevard manufacturers have indicated that a skilled workforce is one of their key demands for growth over the next decade.
Titusville was the first city in Brevard who recognized the need to not only offer assistance to their residents who are seeking employment and would benefit from a certification but to also ensure that Titusville manufacturers have a pipeline of talent to pull from as the existing production workers begin to retire.
Titusville originally offered to fund four students who either worked or lived in the city of Titusville however the total cost of tuition was reduced due to a state grant provided to the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, allowing the Titusville scholarship to fund up to nine students.
Four students originally signed up and three completed the course on time and scored in the top 10% of the class. All are seeking positions within the manufacturing sector and the EDC is assisting in locating positions for these graduates. The remaining funds will go toward Titusville residents who enrolled in the January 2017 class and will enroll in the April 2017 class.
The September 2016 CPT class saw the largest enrollment to date in Brevard and it is predicted that the program will grow exponentially going forward. Four programs per year are scheduled and additional courses can be added as demand increases.
“The City of Titusville is encouraged by the partnership we have with Eastern Florida State College and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast in providing an avenue for training and re-training to our Titusville citizens,” stated Mayor Walt Johnson.
For more information about the program and requirements, visit: http://www.easternflorida.edu/academics/workforcetrainingandcertifications/non-credit-technical-professional-training/mssc-certified-production-tech.cfm or contact Patty Boatman, EFSC Workforce
Training at (321) 433-7514. For information regarding scholarships, contact CareerSource Brevard at any of their three locations in Brevard or Vicki Northrup, manufacturing consultant for the EDC at (321) 638-2000.