Mid Michigan College and Michigan Works! have partnered to offer an apprenticeship readiness certificate with zero tuition costs for students. This opportunity can be completed in just one semester with no tuition costs – tuition is paid in full by MiWorks. Those interested in this opportunity should sign up as soon as possible – just 14 spots for students remain in the fall semester which starts August 31.

A student learns robotics at Mid's Technical Education Center.

The Apprenticeship Readiness courses have been selected based on required skills sought out by employers when hiring and selecting apprentices in modern manufacturing facilities. Participants learn introductory-level skills in shop terminology, industrial communication, technical math, and basic manufacturing safety.

Those who successfully complete are automatically accepted into Mid’s Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Program and can ladder the 10 college credits earned into an AIM certificate, training credential, or associate degree in the specialty of their choice.

“We are often asked if those already employed at a company are eligible for this certificate, and the answer is absolutely! These courses also count toward Apprenticeship Related Technical Instruction (RTI) if included in the company’s apprenticeship schedule,” explained Shawn Troy, Dean of Workforce and Career Education at Mid.

“With five pathways, including Automation & Robotics, Plastics Technology, CNC Programming & Machine Tooling, Welding, and Management, the AIM Program offers what students are looking for and leads to rewarding careers in the local area,” described Troy. “We’re especially excited to offer our students hands-on access to robotics equipment in our labs.”

Mid’s AIM program is offered in a flexible format with open lab hours, making it ideal for all types of students, including working adults and recent high school grads. Laddered skills and certifications build on one another, allowing students to work at their own pace and earn proof of the skills they have mastered as they work toward an associate degree. These industry-recognized certifications are offered by well-known and respected companies and organizations like Snap-on, Starrett, FANUC, and the American Welding Society among others.

“The College and MiWorks! share a dedication to responding to community needs, and this effort ensures that students are prepared to succeed in local industries,” noted Troy.

Mid Michigan College is preparing for a fresh start this fall semester with courses, including skilled trades labs, planned to take place on-campus using flexible formats and a variety of delivery methods. The College is committed to following recommendations from governmental agencies and health professionals to provide and maintain a healthy environment for students and campus visitors.

“All of us at Mid understand that these are challenging times to learn a skilled trade in a hands-on environment, but we’re confident in our plan to return to campus this fall. We have a strong plan in place that includes regularly cleaning labs, requiring face coverings, and providing more flexible scheduling options to allow for social distancing,” explained Troy.

Registration for the fall semester is available now and fall semester courses begin August 31. Prospective students can apply online at midmich.edu or contact Admissions at admissions@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6661.

For more information about Mid’s Skilled Trades programs, visit midmich.edu/skilled-trades or contact Dean Shawn Troy at stroy@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6658.

For more information about MiWorks! funding and programs, contact Natasha Allen, Chief Operating Officer at Michigan Works! Region 7B, at (989) 539-2173 or NAllen@michworks4u.org.

For more information about Mid’s response to COVID-19, visit midmich.edu/covid19.

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