Building Pathways Academy


The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Overview by Neil Reddy

Best Practices: Alamo Academies by MSSC


Linking Today’s Education with Tomorrow’s Opportunities by Hilderbrand, Haynie, Hendrix, Greer (CARCAM)

AMTEC’s National Case Study Executive Summary by AMTEC

Why Exemplary Automotive Career Pathway Programs Work: 5 Case Studies by AMTEC & Partners

Automotive Employment and Skill Needs Outlook by Kristin Dziczek (CAR)

Continuing Education – The Key to Competitiveness in Today’s Workforce by Kim Kallstrom (RMC)

AMTEC Certification & Assessments by Dr. Katherine Manley (AMTEC)

A Strong Preparatory Program for AMTEC by Neil Reddy (MSSC)

Videos (YouTube)

Building Pathways Academy Overview

Developing the Future of the Manufacturing Workforce

AMTEC, Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro and Nissan North America-Smyrna hosted the 2013 Spring Academy–“Building Pathways: Developing the Future of the Manufacturing Workforce”. The Academy was held April 11-12, 2013 in Smyrna, TN. Topics included preparing high school and college students for employment in manufacturing fields, as well as what college and industry are doing to increase the skill sets of incumbent workers.

Nissan North America, Inc

Nissan has three production plants in the United States – in Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi. Production at Nissan’s Smyrna Plant began in June 1983. The vehicle assembly plant has an annual production capacity of 550,000 vehicles and represents a capital investment of $2.5 billion. The plant produces the Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Xterra, Nissan Frontier and Nissan Pathfinder, and Infiniti JX.
The vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi, began producing vehicles in May 2003. The plant now produces the Nissan Altima, Nissan Armada, Nissan Titan and NV Utility and Passenger Vans. The plant has an annual production capacity of 450,000 vehicles.
Nissan’s powertrain assembly plant in Decherd, Tennessee, began production in May 1997. Today the plant manufactures all the engines for the complete lineup of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles produced in the U.S. The plant also forges crankshafts, and cylinder block casting.

Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro

The mission of the Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro is to be the Center for workforce development by providing the best in technical education through traditional and distance instructional delivery systems to the community for professional and personal advancement.

The purpose of the Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro is to offer quality instruction to individuals to develop them for employment and/ or advancement in existing or potential occupations.

Development of specific skills and knowledge in an individual is not sufficient. Desirable worker characteristics are also emphasized to develop character, good work habits, reliability, honesty, and respect for authority, all of which are needed for a productive society.

Technical education is the kind of education people need to qualify for more than 80 percent of the available jobs in America. The purpose of all skill enhancing programs is to dignify and to up-grade the social status of technical jobs and the people who work in these positions. It is also our purpose to be knowledgeable of the needs of business and industry in order to provide quality education for the specific skills and the latest technology required.