VMA and ECPI Launch Manufacturing Skills Institute

Partnership to Position Southern Virginia as Internationally-Recognized Hub for Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education

Richmond, Va. – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and ECPI University (ECPI) will unveil the new Manufacturing Skills InstituteTM (MSI) on December 14 at 1:00 pm at the SVHEC-Innovation Center, located at 820 Bruce Street in South Boston, VA. The MSI is a flexible education and workforce training system that aligns regional employer needs, industry-recognized credentials and economic development objectives.

The institute will provide education and training programs for both existing and emerging technology skills within the Mid-Atlantic with the goal of making Southern Virginia an internationally-recognized hub for advanced manufacturing training and education. Additionally, ECPI is offering select advanced manufacturing skills certificates that translate into Advanced Standing college credits.

“The system will be phased-in and will include a portfolio of world-class education and skills training that leads to competency-based, industry recognized and stackable credentials,” said Brett Vassey, VMA President and CEO.

The MSI will provide relevant education and skills training for careers in advanced manufacturing by offering targeted training programs delivered by MSI and MSI education partner institutions. Current MSI education partners include the: Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC); Modeling & Simulation Center of Excellence at Riverstone Energy Center; National Center for Coatings Application, Research and Education (C-CARE); and National Technology Transfer (NTT) at the Research & Development Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency (R&D CAMEE) located in the SVHEC-Innovation Center.

“The move to establish the MSI is the next logical step in providing a focused source for manufacturing skills development. It is our vision to expand the MSI with additional value-added partners and become a recognized industry leader in skills training,” said Kevin Paveglio, President of ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus.


The MSI is the realization of the VMA and ECPI University’s long-term commitment to the implementation of policies, processes and programs aligned with industry needs and standards to ensure a workforce pipeline capable of meeting existing and emerging employer requirements in advanced technology industries such as manufacturing.