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Recent events, from the COVID-19 pandemic to flooding throughout the central Michigan region, have highlighted how essential skilled trades professionals are to the economic wellbeing and rebuilding of our communities.

Mid Michigan College offers several in-demand trades programs that put students to work and support the community. Students can choose from Advanced Integrated Manufacturing; Computer Aided Drafting and Design; Facilities, Heating, Refrigeration, & Air Conditioning; Welding; and Automotive and Diesel Service, which features an associate degree pathway that can be completed in just 10 months. Learn more about these programs and pathways midmich.edu/skilled-trades.

For over 15 years, Mid’s Automotive & Diesel Service program has held Master Accreditation from the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation, and courses now take place at the Clare-Gladwin RESD’s state-of-the-art Magnus Building for Skilled Trades, located a short distance from Mid’s Harrison Campus. A virtual tour of the new automotive lab is available at midmich.edu/tour.

“By partnering with the Clare-Gladwin RESD, the College is able to offer current technologies and prepare students to be excellent employees,” noted Shawn Troy, Dean of Workforce and Career Education. “This partnership also illustrates Mid’s commitment to using resources responsibly as we collaborate with others to serve our local communities.”

In response to the needs of students and employers, Mid is continuing to expand the number of industry-related certifications available to students. These certifications are developed by NC3, the National Coalition of Certification Centers, and industry-leading organizations including Snap-on, Trane, Microsoft, and others.

“These third-party, industry-recognized certifications differentiate Mid students as they apply for new jobs or look to advance in their current roles,” noted Troy. “These certifications help our students demonstrate the skills they have mastered to employers throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.”

Mid’s Skilled Trades Programs offer flexible learning opportunities through remote coursework and open lab schedules, making learning at Mid ideal for any student—from recent high school graduates to working adults.

“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 efforts to minimize the risk to students,” explained Troy.“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.”

Registration for the winter semester is going on now and courses begin January 11. Prospective students can apply online at midmich.edu/apply or contact Admissions at admissions@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6661.

 
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