Across the skilled trades, a growing skills gap is leaving employers struggling to fill open positions " especially those that require college-level training. In an effort to address this, many employers are sponsoring education opportunities to upskill the workers they do have with the skills needed to enter new positions.

This skills gap is most acutely felt across the industrial and manufacturing sectors. While there are many causes that exacerbate the skills gap, one driver is that many employees are unable to be promoted because they lack a post-secondary credential like an Associate Degree. And given that nearly 31 million positions will be left open by 2020 due to baby boomer retiring estimates1 " the time is now to invest in employee training and workforce development.

Designed to provide workers with the college-level training needed to pursue supervisory and manufacturing positions like Manufacturing Engineer Technician or Supervisor of Production Workers, both Associate Degree programs in Manufacturing and Industrial Supervision have comprehensive, up-to-date curriculums to effectively upskill your employees.  

The Manufacturing A.S. Degree program covers manufacturing skills like AutoCAD, lean manufacturing, and CNC technology. The Industrial Supervision A.S. Degree program teaches essential business lessons like organizational behavior, managerial accounting, industrial safety, and more. Both programs aim to support workers with existing skilled trades backgrounds by providing more specialized training.

Delivered in a self-paced, online format with wrap-around support, these degree programs allow your employees to work on their own time with coaching and motivational resources. Furthermore, with no enrollment minimums " both degree programs can be offered to as many or as few employees as needed.

One way to offer college training to your employee(s) is through an apprentice-to-degree program which allows apprentices to matriculate some of their instruction to the credits needed for an Associate Degree. As more employers are turning to education-as-a-benefit in today's tight labor market, having career pathways that include college-level training can improve employee retention and engagement as employees work toward an industry recognized credential.

To learn more about these programs, click the button below to request more information on the A.S. Degree in Manufacturing or the A.S. Degree in Industrial Supervision.


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