65% of Virginia’s annual employment openings in manufacturing are in jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a Bachelor’s Degree; these high-paying jobs require industry certifications that validate “middle skills” attainment.
69% of Virginia’s manufacturers report entry-level workers do not have the manufacturing technology skills needed for advanced technology jobs.
There is a projected shortfall of 11,000 skilled technicians for career opportunities in Virginia’s modern manufacturing sector.
To respond to the advanced technology skills gap, Dream it. Do it. Virginia has partnered with the Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) to promote the Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) and Manufacturing Specialist (MS) Certifications. These certifications address the core technical competencies required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing.
Manufacturing Skills Institute Certifications:
- Manufacturing Specialist
- Manufacturing Technician Level 1
- Manufacturing Math and Measurement
- Quality and Business Acumen
- Spatial Reasoning and Manufacturing Technology
All Industry Certifications
Individuals may pursue MT1 and MS certifications at the following MSI Academic Partners in Virginia:
Blue Ridge Community College
Central Virginia Community College
Community College Workforce Alliance (John Tyler Community College and J. Sargent Reynolds Community College)
Dabney Lancaster Community College
Danville Community College
ECPI University (6 locations)
Lord Fairfax Community College
Mountain Empire Community College
New River Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College
Phoebus High School
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Rappahannock Community College
Roanoke/Salem CTE Academy
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Southside Virginia Community College
Stratford University (Richmond Campus)
Thomas Nelson Community College
Tidewater Community College
Virginia Highlands Community College
Virginia Western Community College