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SCC to offer new pathways to manufacturing degrees beginning in July

Southeast Community College is accepting students into four new introductory manufacturing classes beginning in July.

These four courses provide basic experiences in a variety of manufacturing skills, preparing students for certification as production technicians by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council.

Each class will be taught as a combination of hands-on lab with an instructor and equipment, and an online component using several innovative online approaches.

After the completion of the four courses and a math class, students can choose among several manufacturing-related degrees offered by SCC. They are Computer Aided Design Drafting, Electrical & Electromechanical Technology, Electronic Systems Technology, Energy Generation Operations, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Precision Machining and Automation Technology, and Welding Technology

“This program will provide students with knowledge and skills in a broad spectrum of occupations related to manufacturing technology,” said Dr. Dennis Headrick, SCC’s vice president for instruction. “The initial courses provide instruction that is foundational to various pathways of manufacturing technology.”

In its new-program proposal to Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, SCC cited 2012 median wages for a manufacturing production technician in Nebraska at $56,900 per year.

A new program aligned with the certificate courses is the Manufacturing Generalist. The Diversified Manufacturing Technology program is unique in that students are exposed to seven manufacturing-related fields, designing an MG curriculum that best meets both their needs and those of their employer.

Students will be able to pursue a Certificate, Diploma or Associate of Applied Science degree. The project will develop a statewide Manufacturing Generalist certificate and stackable credentials. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will work with curricula developers to meet accreditation requirements for transfer toward a four-year degree at UNL and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

The purpose is to meet the regional and national needs of diversified manufacturing occupations and to provide knowledge and skills for individuals to begin a viable career in 18-24 months, or to continue their education. The project will develop a blended evidence-based training strategy to help Trade Adjustment Assistance-eligible and other unemployed and under-employed workers acquire the skills, degrees and credentials to gain reemployment while also meeting the needs of manufacturing employers for skilled workers.

Persons interested in more information about the program are asked to contact Scott Kahler, chair of SCC’s Precision Machining and Automation technology program, at 402-761-8354 or skahler@southeast.edu.

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu