Mid Michigan College’s Automotive and Diesel Service Program has a long history of providing students with an education that features current technologies and leads to meaningful careers.
Two years ago, the program moved from the Harrison Campus to the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s (CG-RESD) Magnus Center facility—a new facility featuring the latest technologies and a dynamic learning environment.
Recently, the program received a donation of three Ford F-150 turbochargers, from the Midland Ford Lincoln dealership in Midland and Ford, the exact part that is used in 2021 Ford F-150 Diesel Trucks. The donation is valued over $5,000.
“We’re grateful to receive this generous donation on behalf of the College, and appreciate the support of our local partners, which allows us to continue training our students on top-notch technology so they are ready to enter the workforce successfully,” shared Shawn Troy, Dean of Workforce and Career Education at Mid.
The program offers a two-year associate degree and one-year training credential, and both pathways allow students to fast-track their progress by completing a course every three weeks.
“Students benefit from extensive hands-on training by applying the skills they have learned in our lab environment, providing them with real world work experience,” explained Troy.
Mid is the first Ford ACE program college in the state of Michigan. The ACE program, which stands for Automotive Career Exploration, is a partnership program between Ford Motor Company, Ford/Lincoln dealerships, and secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, with the intent to raise awareness and increase interest in career opportunities within the automotive industry.
Mid’s program also offers students the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications through the College’s partnership with the National Certification Center or NC3. These certifications are offered through NC3 by industry leaders like Snap-on, and allow students to clearly demonstrate the skills they have mastered to potential employers.
“Mid is a nationwide leader in moving technical education forward, and we look forward to our continued partnership as we work to expand industry-related certifications for students,” noted Roger Tadajewski, NC3’s Executive Director. “Mid’s programs are really helping people prepare for success in a variety of technical industries, including automotive service.”