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 Stephen Tucker, Senior Manager, 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