Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership

In response to projected workforce shortages in the advanced manufacturing industry, the Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network convened the Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathway Partnership team in 2009 to meet the needs of employers and employees in the industry. Previous efforts by the Southwest Ohio Manufacturers Consortium and Gateway Community & Technical College’s Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways provided a strong foundation for this regional collaborative to come together focused on preparing a skilled manufacturing workforce​. To learn more, contact Debby Combs, Director, Industry Partnerships, Partners for a Competitive Workforce.


  • Developed competency model, identified top growth occupations, and mapped career pathways
  • Adopted the National Association of Manufacturers Skills Certification System
  • Gained alignment to and deployed the National Career Readiness Certificate
  • Gained alignment to and deployed occupational skill certificate training for new hires and incumbent workers – Manufacturing Standards Skills Council Certified Production Technician
  • Outreach to middle and high schools to improve the image of manufacturing and build future pipeline


  • Built capacity of service providers and educational institutions to deliver the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) for jobseekers. More than 1,500 NCRCs have been delivered to date.
  • Expanded capacity of training programs to deliver the Manufacturing Standards Skills Council’s Certified Production Technician curriculum for incumbent workers and jobseekers. Current providers include: Butler Tech, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, Cincinnati Labor Agency for Social Services, Easter Seals Work Resource Center, Gateway Community and Technical College, and the SuperJobs Center. More than 750 individuals have participated in entry-level manufacturing training based on this industry-recognized curriculum.
  • Since 2009, served more than 1,700 individuals with occupational and job readiness training, with 84% completing training and earning more than 1,100 credentials, and 71% obtaining employment. Partners



Eric Avner, Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation

Donna Jones Baker, Urban League

Fernando Figueroa, Gateway Technical & Community College

Brian Cox, Macy's

Cheryl Brackman, Cincinnati State Community & Technical College

Lee Ault Carter, Thomas J. Emery Memorial Foundation

Brent Cooper, NKY Chamber of Commerce

Dwight Dinsmore, Standard Aero

David Dougherty, Education at Work

Sally Duffy, SC Ministry Foundation

Scott Ellsworth, S.E. Consulting

Michael Graham, Xavier University

Trey Grayson, NKY Chamber of Commerce

Delores Hargrove-Young, XLC Services

Margaret Hulbert, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Ed Hughes, The Hughes Group

William Lecher, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Peter McLinden, Cincinnati AFL-CIO

Jill Meyer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Ross Meyer, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Scott Palmer, Butler Tech Adult Workforce Education

Monica Posey, Cincinnati State Community & Technical College

Toby Rau, JPMorgan Chase

James Regg, GE Aviation

Rob Reifsnyder, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Gwen Robinson, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency

Liza Smitherman, Jostin Construction

Harry Snyder, Great Oaks Institute of Technology

Jordan Vogel, Talent Initiatives - Chamber

Barbara Stewart, Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Area

Pete Strange, Messer Construction

Dallas Trinkle, Acramold

Matt van Sant, Clermont County Chamber

Amy Waldbillig, Cincinnati State Community & Technical College

Wonda Winkler, Brighton Center

Wade Williams, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED

Peggy Zink, Cincinnati Works

Amylin Ohio Inc.

Art Technologies

BAE Systems

Cast-Fab Technologies

Champion Windows

Connector Manufacturing

Coolant Control Inc.

Ford Motor Company

Force Control

General Electric Aviation

GRK Manufacturing

Hamilton Caster

Kao Brands

Lafarge North America

Mazak USA


Morris Technologies


Plas-Tanks Industries

Poly-Met Corp

Quaker Chemical

R&M Welding Products

R&M Welding Products

Employers (continued)

Richards Industries

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SunCoke Energy

Think Patented

Thyssen Krupp Bilstein of America

Tipco Punch

United Performance Metals


Butler Technology and Career Development Schools

Cincinnati Public Schools

Cincinnati State Technical & Community College

Gateway Community & Technical College

Great Oaks Career Campuses

Sinclair Community College

Ivy Tech Community College

University of Cincinnati (Clermont & Blue Ash Campuses)

Community Organizations

Brighton Center

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency

Cincinnati Works

Easter Seals Work Resource Center

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries

Northern Kentucky Community Action

Supports to Encourage Low-income Families

Urban League of Greater Cincinnati