Strategies for Closing the Skills Gap

Findings from Two Advanced Manufacturing Community College Career Pathways Training Programs

Career pathways programs have the potential to transform the educational and labor market landscape of the manufacturing sector. SPR conducted multiple evaluations of Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT)-funded career pathways programs, including the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (M-CAM) initiative and the Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium (AMMQC) initiative, both of which focused on helping to close the skills gap in manufacturing. Findings across both initiatives suggest close coordination between industry and community colleges can lead to help industry to meet their workforce needs, while having significant positive impacts on employment and wages for students. While the career pathways systems funded by these grants were clearly successful, the benefits of these programs are unlikely to be sustained in the absence of a concerted long-term policy to support and sustain career pathways initiatives.

M-CAM Final Evaluation Report Executive Summary

Cover of M-CAM ES SPR’s Final Evaluation Report Executive Summary describes key features of the initiative, factors influencing implementation, participant outcomes, program impacts, and systems outcomes.
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AMMQC Final Evaluation Report Executive Summary

Cover of AMMQC ES SPR’s Final Evaluation Report Executive Summary synthesizes findings from the Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium (AMMQC) initiative, a Round 3 TAACCCT grant awarded in 2013 to a consortium of four community colleges in four different states.
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Closing the Skills Gap: Michigan’s M-CAM Experience

Cover of Closing the Skills Gap: Michigan’s M-CAM Experience Brief This brief highlights factors that contributed to the shortage of qualified manufacturing workers in Michigan as well as strategies that M-CAM colleges and employers used to address the shortage.
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