High school students participating in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs through Mid Michigan College and the Clare/Gladwin RESD (CGRESD) will benefit from brand new equipment in their skills labs. Due in large part to major grant funding, the College is in the final stages of installing new welding and manufacturing equipment in the College’s Technical Education Center.

The CTE program allows local high school students to earn both high school and college credit while developing valuable job skills that directly connect to today’s manufacturing industry.

“We’re making final adjustments to the newly-installed equipment now,” shared Shawn Troy, Dean of Career and Workforce Education at Mid Michigan College. “We’re eager to get students into the lab so that they can begin learning on leading-edge technology.”

This marks the final stage of a yearlong process to update the CTE programs’ learning spaces. In the fall of 2017, the Central Michigan Manufacturers Association (CMMA) worked with Mid/CTE welding and manufacturing instructors to identify equipment that would modernize labs, increase job readiness for students, and help the College become a regional training center for local companies.

Mid and the CGRESD then collaborated on a proposal for $400,000 to purchase the equipment through a State of Michigan 61c grant. That grant, one of the largest in the State, was awarded in full.

Because 61c grant funds only covered equipment purchases, Mid Michigan College applied for and was awarded a $16,000 Mini Grant through the East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG) to help offset installation costs. The College funded all remaining expenses.

“Mid Michigan College strives to provide various avenues for students to achieve meaningful skills and employment. We know that people aren’t one-size-fits-all. And, these CTE offerings allow high school students to get a jump start by providing practical and hands-on training that directly connects to area employment needs,” Troy explained. “Now, those students will learn on some of the newest and most advanced equipment on the market.”

For more information about this program and lab, contact Dean Shawn Troy at (989) 386-6658 or stroy@midmich.edu.

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