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A project aimed at meeting the educational training needs of manufacturing employers is getting a $900,000 backing from the Kansas Department of Commerce.
KANSASManufacturingWORKS will bring industry-defined skills and standardized credentials to students through curriculum. Fort Hays State University is the lead institution in the program. Other community and technical colleges can provide technical training, general education and employability skills.
"Our team will make KANSASManufacturingWORKS a high priority," said Chris Crawford, assistant provost for quality management at FHSU. "We will utilize the experience and knowledge gained through the KANSASEnergyWORKS project to build a model of flexible e-learning products and institutional collaboration to meet industry needs."
KANSASEnergyWORKS created educational tools and training for energy sector employers.
The manufacturing curriculum will include animation, simulation and assessments.
A 2011 Manufacturing Skills Gap Report said 67 percent of respondents reported moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers in the industry. About 56 percent said the shortage would grow in three to five years.