MCC’s connection to the KC Animal Health Corridor

kcanimalhealthThe Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, anchored by Manhattan, Kansas and Columbia, Missouri, is a 250 mile-long region that represent 56 percent of total worldwide animal health, diagnostics and pet food sales.   The region is now home to more than 300 animal health companies.

Recently, Metropolitan Community College has been invited to work with the KC Animal Health Corridor Workforce Development team to find ways to support this effort by creating training programs that will serve students and workforce needs.  MCC is continuing look for tools to prepare students for career opportunities that exist in the animal health industry. A large part of that effort includes, the newly announced workforce tool designed to aid the KC Animal Health Corridor.

Launched by the Manufacturing Skills Institute in 2009, the MT1 Certification is endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers and included in its National Skills Certification system. It is a blend of online and hand-on training designed to train competent manufacturing and production employees available for their industry. MCC was one of the institutions chosen to deliver the training.

“KC Animal Health Corridor companies and continuing education programs are embracing this three year certification as a true win-win for the Corridor and the KC region,” said Ian Spinks, president and general manager of Bayer Animal Health North America, and chair of the KC Animal Health Corridor Advisory Board. “Employees will be more valuable and better prepared, and employers will identify and get the candidates they need to fill critical roles within their companies.”

Metropolitan Community College is now an approved assessment site and will start offering the MT1 training and assessments in the near future.

The Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) Certification program focuses on core technical competencies required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing.  The MT1 Certification program is considered a stackable industry credential, which means it is part of a sequence of credentials that can be accumulated over time to build up an individual’s qualifications and help them to move along a career pathway or up a career ladder to potentially higher-paying jobs. This certification demonstrates that an individual has an understanding of modern manufacturing and mastery of the following industry-wide critical technical skills:  algebra, measurement, math for quality, statistical process controls, spatial reasoning, mechanics, fluid power and thermodynamics, electricity, chemistry, manufacturing process and controls, quality and lean manufacturing, and financial literacy/business acumen.    The MT1 is included in the NAM Manufacturing Institute National Credentialing System.

The KC Animal Health Corridor Advisory Board introduced the MT1 Certification to the KC region as a mutually beneficial tool to support livability and development of talent in the region and the growth of the animal health industry in the Corridor. Metropolitan Community College has been pleased to serve as an educational partner in this initiative.