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Pentagon-Sponsored Group Launches Worker Training Program to Fix Skills Gap

A Pentagon-sponsored industry group has launched a $6.2 million worker development program that is intended to reskill the workforce of the future and to address a skills gap between factory operators and the nation’s labor pool.

Chicago-based Manufacturing x Digital, known by its acronym MxD, said the federal funding would launch its Curriculum and Pathways Integrating Technology and Learning (CAPITAL) skill development program. The CAPITAL program is designed to address an anticipated shortage in the manufacturing workforce of two million people and to provide resources directly aimed at meeting current and emerging workforce needs.

MxD partners with the Department of Defense to equip U.S. factories with the digital tools, cybersecurity, and workforce expertise needed. MxD is also the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing as designated by DoD. Its new CAPITAL program is sponsored by Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, PA, and the Defense Logistics Agency, Ft. Belvoir, VA.

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