Nine Missouri community and technical colleges have partnered to create the Missouri Manufacturing Workforce Innovation Networks (MoManufacturingWINs). The vision for this effort is that all Missouri manufacturing workers will be National Career Readiness Certified for basic and soft skills, and they will possess labor market relevant occupational skills endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers.
MoManufacturingWINs is designed to connect TAA-eligible and dislocated, unemployed, underemployed, and low-skilled adult populations to the growing number of high-skilled manufacturing jobs. The MoManufacturingWINs Consortium will establish a set of training programs that, through multiple delivery formats and adult-friendly support systems, will accelerate training and provide stackable and portable credentials related to career pathways associated with the following high demand occupations: Production, Industrial Maintenance, Welding, Machining, and Transportation and Logistics.
The MoManufacturingWINs grant is designed to meet the following key deliverables:
- Build programs that meet industry needs, including developing career pathways.
- Strengthen online and technology-enabled learning.
- Enhance career pathway options for learners and workers.
- Accelerate and improve certification and employment attainment.
The following colleges are part of this transformative opportunity: East Central Community College, Linn State Technical College, Mineral Area Community College, Metropolitan Community College–Kansas City, North Central Community College, Ozark Technical College, State Fair Community College, St. Charles Community College, and St. Louis Community College.
Lead Research & Evaluation Firm
Cosgrove & Associates has contracted with the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) and the MoHealthWINs and MoManufacturingWINs Consortiums to ensure the systematic and timely collection of data required to meet DOL reporting and accountability requirements, Consortium research, and evaluation information needs. Cosgrove & Associates is working with MCCA and Consortium member colleges to address the following evaluation questions:
- Are individual college strategies and statewide strategies being implemented?
- Are program participants who enrolled with low academic success improving their skill set?
- Are grant participants being retained at the appropriate targeted rate?
- Are grant participants completing the desired degree/certificate award?
- How do the students involved compare to similar students who are not involved in the grant strategies in their progress, retention rate, completion rate, and employment rate?
- Are grant participants securing employment in occupations targeted by the Consortium after completion of the program?
- Are individual colleges demonstrating the capacity to use performance tracking and program evaluation data to continuously improve grant designated strategies and programs?