Leveraging National Certifications in Apprenticeship

Does your apprenticeship program leverage national certifications to yield successful outcomes? Education models that are both industry-specific and demonstrate a career pathway can provide students with the opportunity to learn and earn.

Work-based learning, such as apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship, provide individuals with credentials that provide clear labor market value. Discover how national certifications can boost your work-based learning programs.

Watch this webinar to see:
  • How to identify quality, stackable credentials and incorporate them into apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs
  • How to implement strategies which help individuals navigate the overwhelming number of credentials available
  • How to align foundational skills development to work-based learning programs that can lead to industry-recognized credentials, exceptional retention rates, and successful employment

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Neil ReddyNeil Reddy is the co-founder of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) an industry-led, non-profit training, assessment and certification organization focused on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. Mr. Reddy has held this position since 2006.

His passion for making a difference in certifying the “industrial athlete of tomorrow?” … “It’s simple,” says Reddy, “What keeps me going is that we’re getting people to work. We are in the business of building confidence, empowering pathways for tomorrow.” Some of those newer pathways include a comprehensive roll out of Skills Boss, a highly interactive hands on tool that teaches more complex manufacturing techniques. His laurels with MSSC are numerous, including the establishment of a large network of stakeholders dotting the nation. His work includes the external and the internal. Everything from contract negotiations, to liaising with academia, government, industry and private sector, Mr. Reddy makes it come together seamlessly. He was instrumental in securing the Walmart Logistics relationship, as well as Harley Davidson, Amazon, Boeing, Honda, and many others. Internally, Mr. Reddy oversees all departments from operations to marketing, making certain MSSC runs flawlessly. MSSC has more than 1400 Authorized Assessment & Training Centers in 49 states and has issued 130,000+ credentials. Prior to joining MSSC, Mr. Reddy worked at the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM). There he worked with the Department of Defense on national programs dedicated toward the advancement and development of next gen manufacturing.

Tammy GreenTammy Green has nine years of experience in local human service organizations prior to coming to Metropolitan Community College and is now the Director of Workforce Innovation and IT Career Skills and Adult Education at Metropolitan Community College (MCC). Ms. Green is skilled at managing multi-site operations, designing and implementing innovative programs, and engaging community leaders in support of strategic initiatives that improve goals attainment and outcomes for high-risk, disenfranchised, and underrepresented populations. She was the lead educational representative from MCC for Douglas County’s designation as a Work Ready Community and implemented Job Profiling for both job placement and curriculum development with MCC.

Tammy holds a Bachelor of Arts with Education and English as Second Language endorsements, a Master’s in Public Administration, and graduated from the Non-profit Association of the Midland’s Non-profit Executive Institute (2013) and graduated from Greater Omaha Chamber’s Leadership Omaha in June of 2019. Her wealth of community engagement includes community boards, the ACT State Organizations Committee, NDE’s Adult Education State Leadership Committee, etc.

Julie GibsonJulie Gibson joined ACT’s Client Relations team in December, 2016, and serves as the Director of Workforce Development. In her role at ACT, Julie partners with national workforce development organizations and customer user groups. She also leads the planning for the annual ACT® Workforce Summit. Prior to joining ACT, Julie spent 20 years in the public sector, in state and federal government. She has served in executive leadership positions in workforce development, economic development, and human services, and has extensive knowledge of employment and training policy and programs.

Cindy HillCindy Hill is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist in the Research Division at ACT. She has been a major contributor to ACT’s WorkKeys system for more than twenty years. Her work has included the refresh of the National Career Readiness Credential. Her recent research has explored the alignment and “stacking” of credentials through standardized frameworks and the use of technology. Dr. Hill has also spent many years developing and reviewing licensure and certification programs. This includes job analysis, the development of test content outlines, national surveys, data analysis, item writing and review, standard setting, and validating the test scores of off-the-shelf and company-specific tests. As part of ACT’s partnership with the Association for Talent Development, she developed and facilitates their Test Design and Delivery Certificate Program.