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HCC Hosts Manufacturing Skills Summit

Houston Community College will hold the first in a series of Skills Summits to focus on the workforce and skills needs for high demand, growth industries in the Houston area and how HCC’s curriculum can continue to be enhanced to meet the needs of the emerging labor force. The kickoff event convenes at Brady’s Landing Friday, September 28.

The Manufacturing Skills Summit will be the first in the series of summits to bring together industry leaders and educators to address the need for skilled and credentialed workers, the future of the manufacturing industry and the best way to partner with industry to train the next generation of manufacturing workers. Discussions will also explore solutions and successes of the manufacturing industry as a pathway to jobs.

“As manufacturing and a skilled workforce continue to advance, Houston will continue to lead in meeting the growing demands and Houston Community College will help prepare future manufacturing career professionals and upgrade incumbent worker skills. Manufacturing jobs now require higher technical skills and the ability to learn new and more efficient processes. What many considered in the past as “Blue Collar Workers” has evolved to the new “Blue Technical Professional,” which demands higher skills and knowledge, validated competences and as a result higher wages and salaries,” says Dr. Madeline Burillo, HCC Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Instruction.

Over the past nine years, growth in manufacturing jobs has steadily increased in Houston according to a 2012 Brookings Institute report. Those jobs include many specialized fields such as Industrial Production Managers, but also include attractive entry-level positions such as machinist and welders.

The conference will organize the broad array of manufacturing workforce issues including: how credentials and technology can better link job openings with skill sets by connecting educators with job creators. In addition, the results will be shared among the multiple partners to continue bolstering the critical training needs in the region required to support the economic development of the industry. Houston Community College’s current and long-term workforce readiness is essential to the economic growth of the Houston region.

The keynote speaker will be John Higgins, president & CEO of NEUTEX. A panel of industry experts, from partnering agencies, will also discuss issues critical to today’s manufacturing needs.

For more information, please call Dawnica Jackson at 713.718.5835.

About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society.

To learn more go to hccs.edu.

Office of Continuing Education and Corporate Training
P 713.718.5835
E dawn.jackson@hccs.edu

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