Over three years ago, Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) representatives collaborated with regional leaders in the manufacturing field to receive input on building a relevant training program. The input and subsequent generous donations of thermoforming equipment from this group of local business leaders led to the development of Mid’s Plastics Engineering Technology (PET) Program.

Mid continues to evolve manufacturing-related program offerings, which recently led to the launch of the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Program (AIM). From logistics to marketing and plastics engineering technology to business management—the AIM Program allows students to discover their passion while exploring the many facets of the manufacturing field.

Students learn how to build the tools of the future and expand their skills—increasing their personal value to local employers. This program kicked off during the fall 2017 semester and has received great interest and impressive first-year enrollment.

The AIM program offers short term trainings, a one-year certificate, an associate degree, and a number of transfer pathways for students looking to pursue bachelor degrees or beyond. AIM students will select an area of emphasis to complete their Associate Degrees—plastics technology, welding, or machining. In this way, the current Plastics Engineering Technology program, its curriculum and equipment, will fold into the new AIM program rather than being a standalone.

“We’re enthusiastic about AIM and the range of students and interests that it attracts,” says Shawn Troy, Dean of Occupational Studies. “Given the significant role that manufacturing plays in our communities, the College is dedicated to preparing the future leaders of those industries.”

For more information about Mid’s AIM Program, visit midmich.edu/aim or contact Shawn Troy at stroy@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6622 x 658.

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