Mid Michigan College and Michigan Works! have partnered to expand access to apprenticeship-related educational opportunities and prepare the next generation of skilled apprentices in northern Michigan.

The Trade Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate includes just four college-level courses that provide a person entering a skilled trades occupation with the basic skills required in a modern manufacturing facility. Courses include Industrial Safety, Introduction to Hydraulic & Pneumatic Power, Industrial Writing & Communication, and Technical Math.

Tuition and in some cases, additional student support services, are fully funded through Michigan Works!. Contact your local Michigan Works! Northeast or Michigan Works! Region 7B office to learn more about funding eligibility.

“We are often asked if those already employed at a company are eligible for this certificate, and they absolutely are! 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.

The Trade Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate provides 10 college credits and 161.6 contact hours, toward a company's apprenticeship program. These credits can also be applied to more advanced credentials within the AIM Program at Mid. The courses have been selected based on required skills sought out when hiring for positions and in selecting apprentices in modern manufacturing facilities.

The Certificate is just one credential that can be earned through Mid’s Advanced Integrated Manufacturing (AIM) Program which has expanded to include five pathways that lead to a variety of careers. The Program teaches basic manufacturing concepts and then allows students to develop specialized skills in the area of their choice.

“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 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.

“We want to ensure that we’re setting students up to succeed. By offering industry-recognized certifications and partnering with MiWorks!, the College is demonstrating our commitment in keeping pace with current and upcoming technologies and preparing students to be excellent employees,” noted Troy. “The College and MiWorks! share a dedication to responding to community needs, and this effort ensures that students and those seeking employment are best prepared to serve local industry.”

Registration for the Winter Semester is currently underway at Mid and classes start January 11. Interested students can request additional information at midmich.edu, apply online at apply.midmich.edu, or contact Admissions at admissions@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6661.

For more information about the AIM Program, visit midmich.edu/aim or contact Dean Shawn Troy at stroy@midmich.edu.

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.

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