1935 M3 Credentials awarded through September 30, 2011

“Coupled with the ‘anytime, anywhere’ modern manufacturing training system announced by Governor Barbour last October and a $4 million direct investment at our eight colleges authorized by Governor Riley, the M3 Credential makes West Alabama and East Mississippi ready to compete for the best manufacturing jobs in the world,” said Dr. Scott Elliott, vice-president of the WAEM Alliance and president of Meridian Community College.


“M3” in the M3 Credential name stands for “modern multi-skill manufacturing.”  The M3 Credential was developed by the workforce directors and career tech leaders at eight community and junior colleges after a regional summit hosted by Governors Riley and Barbour  chose advanced manufacturing as the region’s top priority.


“We’ve got to get more serious about our workforce and job training needs in our states,” Governor Barbour said at the summit.  “And, we have to expect, rely on, and count on our community colleges to take the lead.”


The WAEM Alliance of eight community and junior colleges awards the M3 Credential to individuals who pass “authentic” assessments, i.e., observed hands-on demonstration of production skills related to advanced manufacturing. It was designed as a skills assessment to complement the Career Readiness knowledge assessment.


“The M3 Credential is based on national skill standards established for advanced manufacturing,” explained Roger Whitlock, credential taskforce leader and workforce director at East Central Community College.  “The M3 skill-sets will qualify workers in a variety of occupations requiring applications of technology.”


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Training for the M3 Credential is available at each participating college as well as online through theAmatrol Anytime Anywhere e-Learning System


Economic developers see the M3 Credential as a boon to their job creation and retention efforts.


“This will let us prove that our region has competent qualified workers,” said Phillis Belcher, executive director of the Greene County Industrial Development Board.  “A credentialed workforce will make us highly competitive,” said Wade Jones, president of the East Mississippi Business Development Corp. in Meridian.


The M3 Credential was developed through a Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.