"With hundreds of thousands of open manufacturing jobs, manufacturers need to take control of their talent pipeline."
What is the difference between articulation and certification?
Articulation is an agreement between a high school and a college or university. It stipulates a set of conditions in which students may receive college credit for their high school classes. In theory this process is similar to that used by colleges to accept course credits from other colleges.
A Certificate Program requires less than or equal to two full years of study at a California Community college. Certificate programs require a specific series of courses and electives. Local industry approves these certificates through a yearly review process called an advisory meeting. Certificate programs are also held accountable to the academic standards set forth by the college's academic senate and administration.
Certification is a competency based evaluative process that ensures the individual meets a minimum standard of performance for a given specialty. In other words, a student could get certified in a variety of drafting (CAD) software. Certifications are often industry based, vetted and approved. Entering college and the workforce with a current certification provides a distinct advantage to that individual, as they have shown technical skill attainment in a rigorous, industry recognized manner.
"A study from The Manufacturing Institute reports that over 80% of manufacturers cannot find skilled talent to fill their production jobs. As a result, there are over half a million manufacturing jobs open right now. "
Why get certified?
Advantages to Companies
Companies use the credentials as a basis for recruiting, hiring, placement and promotion. The guesswork is removed from the human resource process. Companies can advertise for specific credentialed skills, preferring or requiring certain credentials.
Advantages to the Workers, Trainees and Students
Certification measures performance. The candidates clearly know what is expected of them whether it is for graduation, hiring or advancement.
Performance + Knowledge Examinations
Most certifications require both performance and theory exams. The performance will have the student demonstrate a technical skill set; Whereas the Knowledge will ensure a satisfactory conceptual understanding of the associated processes.