SCF to Offer Online Course for Manufacturing Certification

(Bradenton, Fla., December 6, 2012) — Entry- and mid-level manufacturing workers have the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and skills and earn the nationally recognized Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification through the Technology-Based Learning Manufacturing Essentials course offered by State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF).

Designed to accommodate employed workers' busy schedules, the 80-hour course is offered online from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, from Jan. 14 – March 27. The online format allows participants to conveniently access recorded sessions if they are unable to attend the live sessions. Participants must have basic computer skills and access to a high-speed Internet connection.

The course covers the basics of advanced manufacturing, including safety, production and processes, maintenance and quality. Participants also learn skills such as communication, teambuilding and shop floor mathematics.

Participants who complete training and pass required examinations receive a nationally recognized certificate that can be used to obtain 15 credit hours toward an Associate in Science in Engineering Technology degree at SCF and other state and community colleges in Florida.

The reduced cost for the course, which includes virtual classroom instruction, textbooks, eLearning exercises and four exams, is $385. Normally, the course is $1,350, but the cost is offset by the Engineering Technology & Advanced Manufacturing (ETAM) grant.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the ETAM grant involves SCF's collaboration with Suncoast Workforce and academic partners.

For more information, visit or contact Glenn Goonis, SCF manufacturing education grants coordinator and ETAM project manager, at 941-363-7229 or

Click here for information about CPT training and certification offered by Suncoast Workforce for unemployed or underemployed participants. For more information, contact Joe Doss, Suncoast Workforce career specialist, at 941-358-4080 ext. 3272 or

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