180 Skills news

Mar 7 180 Skills welcomes Oberg Industries

180 Skills is pleased to welcome Oberg Industries to the our family of employer partners. Oberg and 180 Skills have partnered to expand the capacity of the Oberg CNC apprenticeship programs, and to offer both new and veteran employees enhanced training options that will help them get up to speed quicker than traditional training methods. Oberg is a leader in […]

Mar 5 Spirit AeroSystems launches innovative, no-cost, workforce development program in Kansas

Through a grant provided by the Kansas Department of Commerce, Spirit AeroSystems has joined with the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas, 180 Skills and Hutchinson Community College (HCC) to offer a training pathway for a full-time employment opportunity at Spirit AeroSystems as an Assembly Mechanic. Anyone who thinks they have what it takes to work at Spirit can enroll […]

Feb 27 Training Employees So They Don’t Leave For A Few Dollars More Somewhere Else

Joe Kitterman, founder and CEO of 180 Skills, explains to co-hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady the need for training employees so they don’t leave for a few dollars more somewhere else. The key to a more skilled employee is for the employee to do a 180 and head in a new direction for their career path, and for the […]

Dec 5 Earn-while-you-learn training provided by Wisconsin manufacturing company

Wisconsin Oven, an industrial oven manufacturer, has launched a collaboration with Gateway Technical College to set up a talent pipeline for itself, the company announced. The company has opened Wisconsin Oven Universal Training Center, where students can receive training and a paycheck. Wisconsin Oven will pay students $10 an hour while they complete their training. Wisconsin Oven will also pick […]


We are pleased to announce that we will be releasing new baseline skills courses for Microsoft Word in Q4, 2018. One in four job requirements in a technical job are “Baseline” skills. Baseline skills competencies cover a broad range of important, non-technical topics that are listed by employers as essential to job performance. The current 180 Skills Course library contains […]

Sep 13 It’s all about access

Letters from the field Volume 2 – Number 1 It’s all about access Give the non-traditional learner access to skills training and you’ll have all the skilled workers you need. As you read the news that there are now more jobs than people to fill them, don’t panic. What you may not know is there are 76 million Americans who […]


180 Skills and the Missouri Association of Manufacturers (MAM) have formed a strategic partnership to help create, grow, and retain the next generation of skilled manufacturing workers in Missouri.

Apr 19 Great Content Matters

Letters from the field. Volume 1, Number 0.5 Joe Kitterman – CEO 180 Skills One year ago I attended an education technology – workforce conference called CloseIT. This is one of the premier gatherings of movers and shakers in the edtech and workforce industry. Attendees included prominent workforce professionals, the blue chip foundations, venture capital companies, publishers, and providers of […]

Jan 16 January 2018 Newsletter – Online Manufacturing Education

Thoughts to start the new year In the manufacturing community, lack of skilled workers continues to top the list of corporate concerns.  With record low unemployment rates, the number of “skilled” workers who are “looking” for work is almost zero.

Nov 29 180 in 30 – New 30 minute webinar series for manufacturers and educators

Join us for the first in a new series of 30 minute, manufacturing talent development webinars December 12th, 2017 – 11:00AM – 11:30AM EST