Faced with the challenging economic conditions and technological changes of the early 90s, manufacturers in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe partnered with their local community colleges – Conestoga, Georgian, Mohawk, Niagara and Sheridan – to identify training needs of the manufacturing sector and to develop appropriate solutions. The result of all of these efforts was the Manufacturing Leadership Certificate Program, coordinated centrally by the CME / 5 College Training and Education Alliance.
From our early days in 1993 with a grand total of 64 registrations, MLCP has grown. We now have 4 partner colleges and, with the addition of Nova Scotia Community College in January 2005, 7 Associate Colleges. These associates include Fanshawe, Humber, Loyalist, St. Clair, St. Lawrence, Sault. We now have approximately 11,800 registrations and 3048 participants! The numbers speak for themselves as testimony of the credibility of the program and its effectiveness in assisting manufacturers to achieve their organizational goals and objectives through upgrading of their most critical resource – their employees.