Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), a Manufacturing USA institute, announced the first group of seven soldiers to graduate from its “Operation Next” Advanced Manufacturing Certification Program.
“Operation Next” is designed to provide military service members the opportunity to pursue industry-driven education and skills development during their transition period prior to separation, earning nationally recognized industry credentials in some of the most in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs in the country. This includes precision machining and industrial technology where more than a half million jobs are currently available.
The program, which kicked off in the fourth quarter of 2017, is being piloted at Ft. Campbell, KY, home of the 101st Airborne Division, and currently has 27 soldiers enrolled. The pilot has an initial goal of enrolling, graduating and securing employment for 101 soldiers.
Upon completion of the program, participants earn national credentials based on industry standards from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills for critical functions in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining or Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM).