According to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, eleven unique industries play to the state's strengths and have the potential to give a competitive advantage within the global economy. According to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, eleven unique industries play to the state's strengths and have the potential to give a competitive advantage within the global economy. Manufacturing, the second largest economic driver in the state, anticipates a 7.1 percent increase in the number of jobs, which range from operators, programmers and machinists to molders, shapers and casters. This growth will include new positions, as well as an increasing demand for manufacturing technicians, skilled with advanced technologies such as robotics and automated production systems.
In the multi-county Omaha region, the automotive sector employs around 6,000 individuals, providing quality career pathways in both automotive technology and collision repair. As we move toward 2025, expected growth in the automotive sector is around 3 percent, however, 40 percent of the current workforce is at or near retirement. These retirements will create a significant demand for new automotive technicians. As in other industries, the automotive workforce will increasingly rely on advanced technologies for workplace success.
To meet this growing need, MCC is taking steps to prepare the workforce for these important advanced manufacturing and automotive services opportunities by establishing two new centers for specialized training on the MCC South Omaha Campus. This two-phase project will provide our community with the facilities, outreach, instruction and services to successfully on-ramp a diverse population into college and career pathways. The new centers will provide specialized, state-of-the-art training in advanced manufacturing and automotive training, along with student-responsive services. Services include college and career readiness preparation and a one-stop dedicated to on-ramping veterans and military students into technician education and career pathways.
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