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    December 17, 2013

    OH ranks high in job training as veteran receives milestone credential

    SWORWIB Kessler award

    Leo Reddy, right, presents the MSSC 50,000th credential to Daniel Kessler, center, who just completed MSSC training at Cincinnati State. At left is Dennis Ulrich, Vice President of Workforce Development at Cincinnati State.

    The Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB) hosted MSSC as it presented the milestone credential to Navy veteran Daniel Kessler at Cincinnati's SuperJobs Center earlier this month.  SWORWIB is an affiliate of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

    Kessler, 27, of Cincinnati, received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in June 2013, after serving 7 years as a naval firefighter. He applied for a job with the Cincinnati Fire Department, where he made the first but not final cut. He then enrolled in the Get Skills to Work program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Having passed the complete MSSC curriculum, Kessler is now a Certified Production Technician (CPT).

    SWORWIB Kessler, Franceshina

    Daniel Kessler, left, and Rick Franceschina, veterans who have graduated from Cincinnati State’s Get Skills to Work and are now Certified Production Technicians.

    Leo Reddy, Chairman and CEO of the MSSC, presented a framed certificate to Kessler. Kessler thanked Reddy, and added that until he connected with the Get Skills program, he was unsure how to even write a resume.

    The state of Ohio is one the top states in the country for credentialing with more than 8,000 MSSC credentials issued to date.  "We've been so impressed at how this community has come together in offering MSSC training to so many workers," said Reddy. The MSSC's credentials ensure that a worker possesses the necessary core, technical skills to enter manufacturing. It is endorsed by the Manufacturing Institute, and has been embraced by companies both local and nationwide, including General Electric.

    "We know employers are invested in this," said Sherry Kelley Marshall, President/CEO of the SWORWIB. The SWORWIB first began to advocate for the MSSC in 2010-11 when it partnered with the Communication Workers of America and CLASS to offer MSSC training to workers who were losing their jobs as Avon, Beam Spirits and Wine, and Graphic Packaging closed their Hamilton County operations.

    Rick Franceschina, a Navy veteran who completed the Get Skills program in April, said the program is responsible for his "dream job" - he is now working a welder at the GE plant in Beaver Creek. "I'm 55 years old," he said. "Who would have thought I would get a job at GE?"

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